On Wednesday evening first time delegates to the CSI gathered for a special orientation session. Over the next few days new delegates will have incredible opportunities to learn from seasoned labor and community activists and each other.
Thursday’s session started with guest speakers, AFL-CIO President Richard Bloomingdale, State Senator Judy Schwank and State Representative Thomas Caltagirone about the Legislative impact on Human Services.
President Bloomingdale emphasized the importance of building alliances with state legislators to protect union and workers’ rights.
Senator Judy Schwank services working people across Berks County. Senator Schwank stressed how important it is for citizens and union members to participate in community service projects.
Representative Thomas Caltagirone the longest serving member in the state legislature, has spent 41 fighting for workers rights.
Following the morning session the delegates broke off into group. The first days track were Strikes and Layoff Assistance, Navigating your Community Resources, Right to Work and Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis.
Thursday evening the members enjoyed a evening of free time at the Reading Fightin Phils ball field.
Friday was another day of great classes. They ranged from Breaking Down Barriers, Social Media, Community Power Mapping and How to Communicate Effectively.
Lori Hertzog was quoted saying “It gave me better ideas and where to go for help on my project. Not to be afraid to ask questions. And it opened my eyes to the Opioid crisis.”