2017 Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Community Services Institute

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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.

Brunilda Cardona with her daughters enjoying an evening at at ball game.

Brunilda Cardona with her daughters enjoying an evening at at ball game.

Friday was another day of great classes.  They ranged from Breaking Down Barriers, Social Media, Community Power Mapping and How to Communicate Effectively.

Brunilda Cardona, Union member from Reading School District, and Kelli Trent Union member from Delta Dental.

Brunilda Cardona, Union member from Reading School District, and Kelli Trent Union member from Delta Dental.

 

Lori Hertzog Union member from the Allentown School District

Lori Hertzog Union member from the Allentown School District

 

Some down time between classes.

Some down time between classes.

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.”

 

 

 

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