Summer Institute for Union Women – Western Region

Date(s): Thursday, June 23, 2022 - Saturday, June 25, 2022

Summer Institute for Union Women – Western Region
reEmergence and reConnection
June 23rd – June 25th, 2022

Our pandemic separation has been long – it has been three years since our last gathering in British Columbia.  Join us to re-emerge from isolation, and reconnect with union sisters!

Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) includes women leaders and activists from unions, labor studies programs, apprenticeships and worker organizations from across British Columbia, the Western U.S., Hawaii, and Alaska. Join us virtually this June 23rd through June 25th –  though we can’t yet gather in person, we will have plenty of informal spaces to recreate the lunchtime and late night gatherings we miss, in addition to our usual excellent classes, workshops and events.

SIUW 2022 is a comprehensive three-day leadership institute consisting of skills building workshops, cultural activities, political action and education sessions designed to expand our understanding of solidarity and deepen our ability to resist oppression. We will offer Spanish language courses and workshops, and provide interpreters for any participant with advance registration. Summer school instructors are officers, staff, and labor educators from unions, community organizations and universities.

Morning programming on Friday and Saturday will include core courses on organizing, intersectionality, immigration, climate justice, leadership, collective bargaining, and political action. Afternoon workshops will provide participants an opportunity to expand our knowledge and make connections outside of the core courses. Evening plenaries and gathering time will leave space for the relationship building and reconnection we so deeply yearn for after years of pandemic disruption.


Tentative SIUW 2022 Schedule


Pacific Daylight Savings Time (PDT)

Alaska Daylight Savings Time (AKDT)

Hawaii Standard Time (HST)

Thursday June 23rd

5pm – 8pm

3pm – 6pm

2pm – 5pm

Friday June 24th

10:30am – 8pm

8:30am – 6pm

7:30am – 5pm

Saturday June 25th

10:30am – 8pm

8:30am – 6pm

7:30am – 5pm


Registration is $50 a person with no one turned away for lack of funds. Registration fees will help offset the costs for interpretation, translation, participant childcare stipends and cultural event honorariums. For registration questions please contact Nikki Rudiger at or (503) 412-3721.

An international committee of past SIUW participants and leaders is meeting regularly to plan the conference. To volunteer as an instructor, workshop leader, tech helper or other role please contact Emilie Slater at or 206-934-6671.

This summer’s SIUW is hosted by the WA Labor Education and Research Center in partnership with the WA State Labor Council and the United Association of Labor Educators. For general questions contact the WA Labor Center at or 206-934-6671.


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