Why You Should Attend the 2016 Leadership Meeting

Leadership Conference

From June 7 – 10, AFGE members will meet at the 2016 National Leadership Meeting in Philadelphia, PA to discuss the future of our union. The last time we held a meeting like this, we created the Big Enough to Win plan – a vision with concrete goals that propelled us to 300,000 members and set the stage for even bigger successes down the road.

But now anti-government lawmakers and well-funded corporate interest groups are ratcheting up their attacks on public servants like never before. They have laid siege to your workplace rights, threatened to privatize our government, and attempted to silence us all. We must gather together to fine-tune our plan and make sure that we’re united in our efforts to fight back.

Registration Closes Soon

Time is running out to add your voice to the conversation. Here are the top three reasons why you should register today to attend this year’s National Leadership Meeting: 

1. Shape Our Future by Lending Your Unique Perspective

You will join a diverse group of leader-activists to help shape AFGE’s future by safeguarding the rights and benefits of all those we represent.

At the conference you will:

  • Help assess the impact of the Big Enough to Win strategic plan, build upon what works, and identify where the plan needs to be tweaked.
  • Share your Local, Council and District’s best practices when it comes to putting the Big Enough to Win goals into action.
  • Build a strong and strategic offense, so we’re ready to respond when public servants come under attack.

2. Get Insight from the Best in the Labor Movement

In Philadelphia, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how some of the most influential thought leaders in the labor movement have countered attacks on working people. We may be from different unions and work in different sectors, but an attack on one group of working people is an attack on all. 

Featured speakers include: 

Tefere Gebre Tefere Gabre, EVP, AFL-CIO

Lee Saunders Lee Saunders, President, AFSCME

Mary Kay Henry Mary Kay Henry, President, SEIU

Paul Rinaldi Paul Rinaldi, President, NATCA

3. Strengthen the Bond of Our AFGE Family

Our union has grown and changed since our last major strategic planning meeting. It’s time to talk about the things that stand in the way of us standing together. During the meeting, we’ll reconnect with the values and commitments we share as members of the fastest growing union in the nation. 

At the meeting, you will be invited to:

  • Engage in courageous conversations with your brothers and sisters to share and hear what is important to each of us, and connect with the values that bind us together.
  • Honor the legacy of the great AFGE Leaders who helped set our union on its present course of using strategy to achieve our goals.
  • Continue to create the future we choose, develop concrete actions that will allow us to meet the challenges we face with the power that only a union united can wield.

Time is Running Out – Register Now

With all that is at stake in 2016 and beyond, this meeting is too critical to miss. We cannot be successful without your voice, your commitment, and your strength. We hope you will join hundreds of fellow leaders and help us become Big Enough to Win! Register today and we will see you in Philadelphia!

Hotel Booking Deadline May 14th:

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 N 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

  • Book Online: To make a hotel reservation using the AFGE block rate click here($241.40 per night, tax included)
  • Book by Phone: To reserve by phone call 1-800-325-3535 or 215-448-2000. ($241.40 per night, tax included)

Reservation cutoff is May 14, 2016. Mention the AFGE/American Federation of Government Employees Group Rate.


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