October 12-13, 2012
The Michigan Conference AAUP will be hosting the AAUP-CBC Midwest Regional Meeting at The Dearborn Inn on October 13, 2012 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
The Conference is planning an exciting and informative event just three weeks prior to the 2012 Presidential election with Mark Brewer, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, leading the luncheon discussion.
Topics for the workshop will include:
“Building Union Power: Using a Contract Campaign to Involve Members in Successful Bargaining” (Peter Nguyen, Executive Director, UConn AAUP)
Contract negotiations take place at the negotiating table, but very successful negotiations depend on a larger, broad-based contract campaign. Drawing on experiences from the successful Screen Actor’s Guild strike, this presentation offers strategies for using member activism and media visibility to shape outcomes at the table.
“Diagnosing Institutional Financial Health: A Brief Primer” (Howard Bunsis, Chair, Collective Bargaining Congress)
This session will focus on how to understand and compute the most important metrics in determining the financial health of your institution. It is often the case that administrations claim they are broke, but in most cases this is far from the truth.
2012 Elections in the Midwest (Sara Kilpatrick, Executive Director, Ohio Conference; Michelle Fecteau, Executive Director, Wayne State AAUP-AFT, Scott McFarland, V.P. UIC United Faculty, UIC, Illinois)
A look at the key races in the Midwest states with a "plan of action" set for the remaining 3 weeks prior to the election.
See the complete agenda. (.pdf)
For early arrivers on Friday, "on your own" afternoon activities include:
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Ford Rouge Factory Tour: a self-guided five-part experience that includes: Legacy Theater, Art of Manufacturing Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery. Theater seating is limited to 79 guests per show; shows run continuously until 4:00 PM and are seated on a first come first serve basis.
Detroit Institute of Arts – Visit Rivera Court: The Detroit Industry fresco cycle was conceived by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886–1957) as a tribute to the city's manufacturing base and labor force of the 1930s. Rivera completed the twenty-seven panel work in eleven months, from April 1932 to March 1933. It is considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States, and the artist thought it the best work of his career.
Michigan Labor History Society – Guided Tour: Take a Walk Down Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit offers visitors an opportunity to learn about major labor history events. Starting at Grand Circus Park at Woodward and Adams, and continuing for about a mile south to the riverfront, visitors will walk past historic Central United Methodist Church; the statue of the “idol of the people,” Mayor Hazen Pingree; the site of the 1937 sit-down strike at the old Woolworth’s 5-and-dime; Cadillac Square, which has been the scene of many demonstrations and rallies over the years; and Hart Plaza, at the riverfront, home to the Labor Legacy landmark, “Transcending,” and the Underground Railroad monument.
The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan: the world’s premiere history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.6 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre.
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