The WE Convention on Nov 14th: Organizing Skills, Union Lessons, and Announcing our 2016 Election Slate and Platform!

Without a doubt, this is probably the most exciting time in WE's brief history:

  • In September we announced our Leadership Bid and Listening Campaign; and have been covered by most major papers in the city. (The Notebook here and hereThe Tribune here and hereThe Daily NewsCity PaperRaging Chicken Press here and here). 
  • Through the listening campaign, we've heard from educators from every part of the city about what they love about their jobs, the obstacles they face, and their ideas for how we can strengthen our union.
  • All that data is currently being compiled into a platform that truly represents the democratic power of educators in Philadelphia. 

And on November 14th, The Caucus of Working Educators will host our Annual Convention. We invite every educator and education advocate to join us for a day of skill-building, workshops from education and union experts from across the country, and...kicking off our official 2016 election platform and slate!

The 2nd Annual WE Convention
November 14, 2015 at 9:30am - 3:30pm
Old First Reformed UCC
151 N 4 St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Lunch, childcare, and parking provided free of charge.

RSVP through our website or on facebook.

Even if you can't make the convention, join us around the corner from 3:30-5:30pm for a Convention Afterparty and "Meet the Slate" Fundraiser at Second Story Brewery.


WE are working to build a member-driven, democratic union that can defend and transform public education-- but we need your ideas and passion to make it possible. Join us for the whole day or any part of it (make sure you get some lunch, too). Even if you can't make it, please forward this info to a Philadelphia educator you know that might be interested.


Tentative Program:

9:30-10:00am- Breakfast and Registration

10:00-10:45am- Opening Plenary: “Race, class and the future of our union”, Brian Jones (NyCORE/MORE)

10:45-12:00pm- Workshop Session 1
  • Organizing to Win: How to Have Effective Conversations that Move People to Action
  • #WEarethePFT: Carrying our Message through Social Media and Beyond
  • Internal Union Elections: Know Your Rights

12:00-1:00pm: Lunch (catered by school employees from Taggart Elementary)

1:00-2:15pm- Workshop Session 2

  • Organizing to Win: How to Have Effective Conversations that Move People to Action
  • Lessons from Recent Labor Victories: Open Negotiations, Hunger Strikes, Charter Protests, and more
  • It Takes More Than a Strong Caucus: Grassroots Fundraising for Our Election Campaign

2:15-3:30pm- Closing Plenary: Announcing our 2016 Leadership Slate and Election Platform!