Welcome to the 2018 Legislative & Political Conference page. This is a one-stop shop for all information and updates concerning the upcoming Legislative and Political Conference. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
What: The TWU 2018 Legislative & Political Conference
When: Sunday, April 22nd to Wednesday, April 25th. Registration will take place on the 22nd at 2 p.m.
Where: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC, 20001 Phone: 800-321-3010
The TWU Legislative and Political Conference will offer three workshops taking place simultaneously in the afternoons of Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24. Below are the descriptions for each.
TWU State Conference Overview and Working Agenda
The State Conference Program enters its 10th year of engaging TWU Members and Local Executive Boards in joint political action. The State Conferences provide a forum for TWU Locals to join in collective political action, political education, and lobbying at all levels of government, and to encourage TWU members to run for political office.
This workshop will increase participants’ understanding of the State Conference at the grassroots level and provide the tools for initiating participation. It is our hope that members who take this workshop will participate in a State Conference once they return home.
Janus v. AFSCME: The Case, the Effect, and the TWU Response
By law, a union must bargain and negotiate on behalf of all employees in a workplace, regardless of whether a worker is a union member. This summer, the Supreme Court will issue a ruling on whether unions representing public sector workers can require non-union members to pay their share of representation.
This workshop will help answer three major questions:
What’s this case about, how is it framed, who’s framing this, and what’s their intent?
What happens if the Supreme Court issues a decision that sides with Janus and not the Trade Union movement?
And finally, what has TWU’s response been up to now and going forward?
How to Use Paid and Free Media to Your Advantage
The media can be a powerful tool for Locals to push out their message and gain public opinion. This workshop will explain how Locals can use paid and free media to advance contractual goals, political goals, and organizing. We will use examples of how TWU has used media to support our fights, and we will consider this issue from the perspective of a reporter: what makes a story? What elements will a reporter want and how to provide it.
For more information contact the Government Affairs Department 202-719-3870.