Space remains for West Coast Local Chairman workshop

Room is still available for BLE members interested in attending the June 2-7 West Coast Local Chairman Workshop offered by the BLE Education & Training Department on the Clark Kerr Campus of U.C. Berkeley in Southern California.

Among other topics, the workshop will cover BLE organizational structure and functions, representing members at disciplinary and decertification hearings, union leadership skills, claim and grievance handling, and writing and editing skills. Participants also will learn how to effectively use the BLE arbitration database. A highlight of the workshops is when attendees participate in a simulated disciplinary hearing.

The BLE encourages all Local Chairmen to attend one of these workshops, including new and more experienced local chairmen. BLE members who are not local chairmen may also attend these classes, provided they receive authorization from their local chairman to attend.

The BLE Education & Training Department presents these workshops in conjunction with the staff of the George Meany Center. Workshops instructors will include BLE General Secretary-Treasurer William C. Walpert, BLE Vice-President Richard K. Radek, Special Representative Ken Kroeger, and BLE Arbitration Department Manager Greg Ross. Donald Spatz, an adjunct professor from the George Meany Center, will also instruct at the workshops.

The BLE pays the costs of books, equipment, tuition and a Thursday evening graduation banquet. BLE members who attend are responsible for the cost of room and board.

The next local chairman workshop will be October 13-18 on the campus of the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, Md. To register, please contact Ken Kroeger of the BLE Education & Training Dept. at (216) 272-0986 or <>.


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