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First Fridays Series (August 6th, 2021): Organizing and Power: What Have We Learned?

Rock Tavern, NY – The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation (HVALF)’s First Fridays virtual series will take place again on Friday, August 6, with a special edition focused on following up our Troublemakers Summer School, a three-week program conducted by Barbara Madeloni of Labor Notes. Over 40 union and community activists signed up for this training, which addressed fundamentals including beating apathy through the organizing conversation, building a team, and turning issues into campaigns.

This August 6 First Friday will depart from the format of our previous events, as it will feature a group of participants from the workshops, who will share their experiences, what they learned and how they are using it in their ongoing work. The discussion will be moderated by HVALF’s Education Committee co-chair Beth Wilson (UUP) and Organizing Committee chair Rob Pinto (CWA). Pinto also served as a facilitator for the workshop series.

Attendees to Friday’s Zoom event will be invited to ask questions and participate in the discussion as an integral part of the program.

The HVALF Education Committee has produced this monthly series of web-based First Friday events since May 2020. Previous meetings have focused on frontline workers in the COVID crisis, budgetary impacts of the COVID crisis, and the challenge of addressing racism and anti-Blackness within Labor. HVALF’s First Fridays will continue to present this forum to facilitate the exchange of ideas and to build solidarity within (and beyond) the labor movement.

WHAT – an online panel discussion/town hall event, focusing on the role of the labor movement in pressing for a more equitable, sustainable society, through bargaining for the common good.

WHEN – August 6, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

WHERE – via Zoom/Facebook Live; register by clicking on this promo box to receive a Zoom meeting invitation. 

WHY – To re-energize the unions in the Hudson Valley (and beyond), and to re-connect workers through their common interests in the labor movement as we begin to re-imagine the world through the lens of working people and our communities.

Join NYSUT Regional Political Organizers for a statewide virtual six session series to prepare you to run for office!

This six session training program will give you and your campaign team extensive hands on knowledge of what it takes to run and win.

Open to all NYSUT members and their campaign teams. All others can attend for a nominal fee. All sessions will take place VIRTUALLY over Zoom. 


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HVALF Worker's Memorial Day Event

One hundred and ten years ago, workers did not have rights. Never forget! Do not go back!!!

In Honor of Worker's Memorial Day and the Commemoration of the 110th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, the Events Committee of Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation is pleased to announce the following Zoom Webinar:

The NYC Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: Lessons From the Past and Blueprint for the Future

When:       Saturday, May 1, 2021

Time:        10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Speaker:    Paul Ellis-Graham, HVALF President Emeritus and retired NYSUT Board Member

Discussion will include:

  • A detailed analysis of the horrific Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 25, 1911
  • Transformation of both NYS and Federal Labor Laws related to Worker Safety and Employer OHSA responsibilities
  • Strengthening of Worker Rights to Organize and Worker Safety Laws that are part of the pending 2021 PRO (Protecting Right to Organize) Act

Please join us as we learn from the past and celebrate the strength of workers struggling for enhanced worker rights and protections.

To register for the virtual event, please sign up here:


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