Organizing Institute 2020

NEARI Organizing Institute

May 1, 2020 from 4:45-8:00pm and May 2, 2020 from 9:00am-3:00pm.  

Empower yourself and further develop your advocacy and organizing skills. 

Two tracks available: Emerging Leaders and Advanced Leaders.

Conference Agenda - 2020

Friday, May 1

4:45- 5:00 pm  Registration 
5:00 - 5:10 pm  Welcome: NEARI President Larry Purtill
5:10 - 5:30 pm  Opening Speaker and Q&A: Scott Molloy, Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, URI
5:30 - 6:30 pm  Dinner 
6:30 - 7:50 pm  OPENING JOINT SESSION: Building Powerful Locals
  This session will review both the basic and innovative ways that local unions are building power and keeping it. This includes an analysis of power, membership growth tactics, member engagement, building alliances. 
  Facilitators: Kristi Taylor, Washington EA; Lindsay Steans, Colorado EA
7:50 - 8:00 pm  Closing and Saturday Agenda Review
  Facilitator: Mary Barden, NEARI

 

Saturday, May 2

 

 

Emerging Leaders Track:

 

9:00-930am  Opening Joint Session: Reflections and Debrief
  Facilitator: Sarah Markey, NEARI
9:30-11:00 am  1-on-1 Conversations
  We will explore and then practice the foundational tool of any good union leader – the one-on-one conversation. When used well, you can use this tool to recruit members to join the union, inoculate your members against misinformation put out by management, find new leaders and build a stronger more engaged membership.
  Facilitators: Amanda Scott, NEARI; Donna Lico, EWGTA
10:45am   Break
11:00am-12:00pm Advocating for Your Members 
  This session will review how and when to file a grievance, when an issue is an organizing opportunity and how you engage members in solving the issues as they arise.
  Facilitators: Lindsay Stearns, Colorado EA;  
 12:15-1:00pm Lunch
 1:00-3:00 pm Hot Topics Dialogue: In Role-Alike Groups
  Breakout Groups: Teacher, ESP, Higher Ed, State Employee, Municipal Employee
  Lead: Mary Barden, NEARI
NEARI Facilitators: Sarah Markey, Leslie Florio, Crystal Bergantine, Amanda Scott

Advanced Leaders Track:

 

 9:00-930am  Opening Joint Session: Reflections and Debrief
  Facilitator: Sarah Markey, NEARI
9:30 - 11:00 am  Building Your Team
  We will explore how you identify potential leaders and engage them in your local, so you have more help.
  Facilitators: Kristi Taylor, Washington EA; Jude Tomasino, CCRI-PSA
10:45am  Break
11:00am-12:00pm Issue Organizing
  We will look at recent examples of organizing around an issue to both address that issue and build power.  We will explore how we define our wins and celebrate them.
  Facilitators: Aaron Dockser, NEA; Sue Warburton, NEANK
12:15-1:00pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm Hot Topics Dialogue: In Role-Alike Groups
  Breakout Groups: Teacher, ESP, Higher Ed, State Employee, Municipal Employeee.
  Lead: Mary Barden, NEARI
NEARI Facilitators: Sarah Markey, Leslie Florio, Crystal Bergantine, Amanda Scott

 

 

 

Mary Barden

Mary Barden

Mary is a NEARI UniServ and member of the resistance. She previously taught 8th grade social studies in North Kingstown and was president of NEANK.

Crystal Berganine

Crystal Berganine

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Aaron Dockser

Aaron Dockser

Aaron Dockser began his work in the labor movement as a non-union bartender at the age of 19. By 22, he and his coworkers had organized a union of 110 low-wage workers at the Philadelphia Airport. Aaron worked as a rank and file activist and then on staff of UNITE HERE Local 274 to organize more than 1000 workers employed by nearly 20 different companies at the Philadelphia Airport and secure legislation nearly doubling wages for the city's direct and subcontracted employees. 

Aaron then shifted to coalition work and building regional capacity for labor movement-wide campaigns with the MA AFL-CIO. He worked with union leaders to form the Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation, a regional labor body with membership of nearly 30,000 union members dedicated to building high participation and long term strategic vision in labor's political, legislative, and organizing programs in the region. 

Aaron is currently an Organizational Specialist with the National Education Association where he helps locals to build effective means of identifying leaders, learning organizing skills, identifying priorities, and building the power to win. He loves working with members to feel ownership over their unions and empowered to take on the issues that matter at the bargaining table, in the workplace, and in our communities.

Leslie Florio

Leslie Florio

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Donna Lico

Donna Lico

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Sarah Markey

Sarah Markey

Sarah has been with NEARI since August of 2016, after having been an organizer in the NEA national office for six years. Her work has included organizing early childhood teachers in Massachusetts, leading a national campaign on Time to Teach and the reduction of standardized testing in schools, and piloting Bargaining for the Common good projects where the broader community and labor come together around shared interests. She lives in Wakefield with her sons Milo and Shane and her partner Patrick.

Scott Molloy

Scott Molloy

Scott Molloy is Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations at the Schmidt Labor Center at the University of Rhode Island. Having served as a professor in that capacity since 1986, he has won several teaching awards, including the URI Foundation Teaching Excellence Award in 1995-1996 and the Carnegie Foundation’s Rhode Island Professor of the Year in 2005-2005. He has published numerous popular and scholarly articles about labor history, industrial relations, and local history.  His books include Trolley Wars: Streetcar Workers on the Line (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996) and Irish Titan, Irish Toilers: Joseph Banigan and Nineteenth-Century New England Labor (University Press of New England, 2008).

Formerly a bus driver, shop steward and business agent for the Rhode Island Public Transit Union from 1973 to 1981, he donated over 10,000 items of labor memorabilia to the Smithsonian Institute.  He served as the Education Director of the Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial Committee from 1996 to 2008, and served as the master of Ceremonies at the dedication of the million dollar project in 2007.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College, master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire, and Ph.d from Providence College.
 

Amanda Scott

Amanda Scott

Amanda is currently a NEARI UniServ Director, but taught English at Portsmouth High School for x years. Amanda served as NEA Portsmouth President, and NEARI Region II Vice President. She is a lover of Faulkner and Victorian Gothic literature, but passionate about Freire, Shor, and all things oriented for social justice in and out of the classroom. #resist

Lindsay Stearns

Lindsay Stearns

coming soon

Kristi Taylor

Kristi Taylor 

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Jude Tomasino

Jude Tomasino

coming soon

Sue Warburton

Sue Warburton

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