Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
East Lansing, Michigan
Friday, February 10, 9:00am - 5:00pm and
Saturday, February 11, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Registration Closed

Unions need effective leadership in today's challenging political environment. And they also need a leadership group that looks like the membership. This workshop will focus on how women develop as leaders in the labor movement, and on one set of goals that leadership can be applied to: maintaining strong unions in the Right to Work environment (RTW).

The session will include the groundbreaking approach to developing union leaders developed by Kaminski and Yakura (2008)1 which identifies four stage: Finding your voice, Developing basic skills, Figuring out the Politics, and Setting your own agenda. These stages will be used as a backdrop for the program participants to explore where they are now and how to use their skills to strengthen their union.

In the Midwest, the recent spread of Right to Work (RTW) legislation is one of the major challenges. The workshop will include a session on the legal aspects of RTW – what exactly is it, and what is permissible under the law.

But more importantly, how can union leaders work to mobilize members and promote high levels of membership in the RTW environment? This portion of the program will be led by a labor educator from Iowa, a Midwestern state that has been RTW for decades. Iowa labor leaders have learned lessons that will be helpful to Michigan and other states that have become RTW in the past few years, or are currently threatened with RTW in their state.

This is a hands-on workshop limited to small group of activists. Come ready to participate!

1 Kaminski, M. and Yakura, E. (2008), Women's union leadership: Closing the gender gap. Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. 11(4), 459-475.




Both emerging and experience union leaders will benefit from this program. The program is designed for women who are activists, stewards, local officers, executive board members, and union staff. Leaders of community groups that work with or are affiliated with unions are also welcome.



Conference registration includes program, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. Dinner is not included.



Contact Michelle Kaminski at mkaminsk@msu.edu. Priority for scholarships will be for pairs of women who apply together: one younger, emerging leader, and one more experienced leader. Scholarships will cover conference registration.

Berger-Marks Foundation

Scholarship and conference support provided by the Berger-Marks Foundation.



Hotel rooms available at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center are at the participant's expense. Make reservations by January 16 for the conference room rate:

  • Deluxe King: $123
  • Corner King: $138
  • Luxury King: $143


  • Visit the Kellogg Center & Conference Center website: https://kelloggcenter.com/
  • Click on the "Reservations" link at the top of the page
  • Select "Check availability and book now!" link
  • Enter arrival, departure, rooms, & number of adults & children
  • Select "Click Here for Special Rates" and enter your Group Code: 1702SHRLRW
  • Click "Check Availability"
  • For special requests, reservations outside of the conference dates, or reservations after the room block release date please call (800) 875-5090.


  • Call (800) 875-5090 and refer to the Group Code
    • Monday - Friday: 7:30am-7:00pm
    • and Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm


QUESTIONS? If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Kaminski at mkaminsk@msu.edu or by telephone at (517) 432-0933. Priority for scholarships will be for pairs of women who apply together: one younger, emerging leader, and one more experienced leader.


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South Kedzie Hall
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East Lansing, Michigan, USA 48824
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