Sioux Falls Labor Leaders Attend National Leadership Intensive

Labor leaders from all across the country met in Baltimore recently for the AFL-CIO Leadership Intensive. The Intensives aim is to expand skills, knowledge, and leadership in order to overcome key challenges. Some topics included aligning the Labor Movement with the struggle for the common good, strategic political action and community mobilization, and utilizing leadership styles. The intensive provided a forum to network and share experiences with 40 other labor leaders from around the country. 

Sioux Falls AFL-CIO President Kooper Caraway and Secretary-Treasurer BJ Motley were in attendance for the week long conference. Sioux Falls Leadership was able to spread the successes of the Sioux Falls Labor Movement over the past year as well as learn best practices from other labor leaders from across the US. 

Kooper Caraway, Sioux Falls AFL-CIO, AFL-CIO, Union, South Dakota, BJ Motley, Tefere Gebre, Liz Shuler, Solidarity

AFL-CIO National President RIchard Trumka kicked off the conference on Tuesday morning with his typical inspiring oratory. President Trumka spoke on the responsibility of Labor Leaders to "Be Bold". The 40 atendees of the conference would spend the next week discussing ways they can inspire labor leaders in their area to adopt a new bold energy.

While President Trumka was able to inspire and ignite the conference attendees, the highlight of the week came Wednesday evening when the conference attendees were joing by National Secretary Treasurer Elizabeth Shuler and Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre. Shuler and Gebre lead a dynamic discussion on the future of the labor movement, the importance of new and emerging leadership, and the historic roles and responsibilities of Labor leaders. 

We are proud of the Sioux Falls leadership for representing the Sioux Falls working class in Baltimore. And we look forward to building on our successes.