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Bridging the Divide: Tools for Building Union Solidarity 10.02.21

Our Southwest Washington Works Together committee is excited to invite you to a virtual workshop we are hosting on Saturday, October 2nd: Bridging the Divide: Tools for Building Union Solidarity.

This is a follow-up workshop to our Race, Gender, and Labor Workshop that was hosted in June, and is again being facilitated by Kasi Perreira, the Director of Racial and Gender Justice with the Washington State Labor Council.

This workshop will run from 10 AM – 1:30 PM on October 2nd, with time after for networking and socializing with other union members. Previous workshop attendance is not required to join us.

Attached is a flyer, and you can click here to register.

Workshop description: How do we talk to members and coworkers who think differently than us (politics, racial and gender justice, membership, etc...)? Would you like to be a better leader in your workplace and a voice for change? These are such big issues – what can we actually do about it?

This participatory workshop is designed to give you practical tools for building union solidarity within your workplace. Hosted by the SW WA Works Together Committee, this one-day session will help you to engage in effective conversations to build unity and solidarity among those you work with. Learn more at

Bridging the Divide will be held Saturday, Oct 2, from 10 AM to 2 PM, including a half-hour lunch break. Interpretation and closed captioning available. You will need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access to participate virtually.

At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Talk about the importance of undoing racism in the workplace
  • Create and practice having conversations in the workplace about why we’re talking about race in labor
  • Connect with other union members on action items related to:
    • Harassment at work
    • The history of racism in the division of the working class
    • Next steps with Southwest Washington Works Together
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