Members of the TWU Future Leaders Organizing Committee (FLOC) met December 3-5 in DFW. FLOC is devoted to empowering and educating young and new workers. They also work to excel the next generation of leaders with the tools, resources, and relationships that will prepare them to take action to further worker’s rights and build a stronger labor movement. The first day kicked off with a visit from TWU International Campaigns Director Nick Bedell, who gave a workshop on effective communication. He led a series of different leadership and team-building activities to strengthen the committee’s knowledge, while also building a strong base for the future and when organizing and creating a FLOC committee on a local level. That afternoon, the committee established short-term goals. They were not only able to devise strategies to further their agenda, but they were also able to collectively implement steps that would bring the committee to the next level. The second day kicked off with the committee participating in an impactful Steward Training class given by TWU International Training Coordinator Gary Shults. Every member expressed how this training changed their perspective and strategies when defending contractual disputes on a day-to-day basis and look forward to applying some of the information learned in this class to protect and support members of their respective locals.After the training, all FLOC members donated their time and effort to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, where they joined forces to sort, inspect and pack boxes with more than 4,000 lbs. of food to be distributed among 13 counties in Texas. The committee went above and beyond – making almost 3,500 meals for families in need. The committee then met with the TWU International Veterans Committee at TWU Local 513’s Union Hall for a social and informative gathering. During this event, both TWU International committees exchanged perspectives, ideas and bits of advice on existing topics that are currently affecting young/new workers and veterans alike. On the final day, the committee met to discuss FLOC’s long-term goals and set up expectations for all locals’ young leaders to follow, as well as preparation for the next conference, slated for April 2020 in Chicago. The future of the TWU relies on the engagement of all its members, young and new included, and now more than ever, the survival of labor unions depends on our support and efforts. The more we come together, the more power we have in confronting the hardships we face. Not just as laborers, but as individuals, all moving forward with the same common goal. FLOC presents all TWU sisters and brothers reading this with a challenge: Tomorrow, go out and find at least one young or new coworker to talk to about our union and its purpose. We need to get the word out to all spectrums of this great unity! FLOC is building leaders for the future, and there is no Union without “U.”

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