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Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council announces several programs to get members involved with their unions

03.15.09

March 2009 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton edition of The Union News

Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council announces several programs to get members involved with their unions

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

WYOMING VALLEY- The Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council labor federation announced the organization will conduct several programs intended to get union members involved within the labor community.

According to Sam Bianco, President of the labor federation, which has a office on East Main Street in Wilkes-Barre, the organization will conduct Union and Community Activist Network (UCAN) training on Saturday May 2nd at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Union Local 401 office on South Washington Street in Wilkes-Barre.

The course is intended to help local unions prepare their membership to become “activist” and educate them on labor issues.

On April 18th, the labor organization will conduct their annual “Unions in the Community Girl Scout Patch” workshop at the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW) Union Local 1776 building on Route 315 in Pittston Township.

At the workshop Girl Scouts will have an opportunity to learn about the positive accomplishments and contributions that female and male workers have made through their unions in obtaining such things as child labor laws, safe working conditions, fair wages, and equal pay for equal work by women. They will also learn about the role music played in the labor movement, current careers for women, and engage in a fun filled scavenger hunt (with prizes) to recognize union made products.

Also, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council have sent to their affiliated local unions an application for the George Meany Boy Scout Award.

The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) in Washington DC allows each labor council to present one Meany Award annually.

Local affiliated unions are encouraged to make an effort to try to idenify any members actively involved in scouting and submit an application. The winning recipient will be honored by the labor council and the Northeast Pennsylvania Boy Scouts Council at their annual awards program in November.

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