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2015 EWMC Leadership Conference

On January 14-18, 2015 Brandon and Deandre attended the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus’s 25th Annual Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA. The theme for this years event was “Forever Moving Forward Keeping The Legacy Alive”. The EWMC encourages all members especially women and minorities to be active in their local unions and become leaders in the labor movement. EWMC pushes to have a union leadership that is as diverse as its membership. This year had 517 delegates to the conference and was the largest to date. To learn more about the EWMC please visit www.ibew-ewmc.org.

The conference begin with a RENEW young workers event which had over 175 young workers in attendance. The goal of this event was to give young workers tools to help them be successful members and leaders in their local’s and the IBEW. The RENEW event had workshops on public speaking, power analysis, and the use of new technologies. The EWMC youth caucus did an excellent job in the planning and execution of this event.

 

On Thursday attendees participated in a day of community service. Community service is a large part of the EWMC. Showing up and helping in a community builds strong relationships between the IBEW and community leaders. This year the EWMC participated in community service at 29 different locations around the Atlanta area for over 2000 hours of combined community service to the community.

 

Starting on Thursday evening and lasting until Sunday afternoon this years conference was filled with amazing speakers including: IBEW International President Ed Hill, Georgia House of Representatives member Tyrone Brooks, President of the Atlanta City Council Ceasar Mitchell, Retired National Secretary-Treasurer of AFSME Bill Lucy, Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort, U.S. Congressman David Scott, Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, Executive assistant to AFGE National Vice-President Bill Fletcher and many more.

In addition to the great speakers the EWMC put on some incredible workshops and breakout sessions.  Those were on Organizing (construction and professional & industrial), Member orientation for new EWMC members, How to start and build strong EWMC chapters, Women in the workplace (recognizing and overcoming bias), Rules of the game (learn the written and unwritten rules that will enable your success), Building strong local unions with member leadership, and Understanding the structure of the IBEW.

On Friday afternoon there were tours of the Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum and the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change followed by a Reception hosted by IBEW Local Union 613 at its auditorium in Atlanta.