Australian Unions NexGen 2017 will integrate previous ACTU events for Leaders, Organisers, Campaigners, Online and Digital experts, Communicators, Educators, WHS and Industrial Officers and our rank & file leaders from across the movement as well as being the opportunity for Leaders of all levels to come together to learn from one-another, share best practice and grow.
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26 - 28 June, 2017
International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Who: Leaders, Organisers, Campaigners, Online and Digital experts, Communicators, Educators, WHS and Industrial Officers and our rank and file leaders
What: This conference will focus on the next generation of ideas, strategies and innovations to ensure our movements future.
Australian Unions NexGen 2017 is also the reporting deadline for this year's Innovation and Growth Taskforce pilots.
Discounted accommodation options are now available through ozaccom.
Early bookings are highly recommended.
Guests at NexGen17
Dan Schlademan Co-Director, Organization United for Respect (OUR)
The ACTU is excited to welcome Dan Schlademan as a guest speaker for NexGen17.
Dan Schlademan has been a successful labor organizer for almost 25 years. A pioneer in developing and field-testing new labor organizing strategies, Schlademan has led some of the labor movement’s most successful organizing campaigns of the past decade, helping workers build strong organizations and improving wages and healthcare.
For the last 6 years, Schlademan has been a campaign director at the Organization United for Resect (OUR). OUR is at the front edge of the innovative organization focused on holding Walmart, the largest employer in the world accountable to its workers and communities. Organization United for Respect @ Walmart (OUR Walmart), is the national organization being built by Walmart workers.
Before working to help raise the voices of Walmart employees, Schlademan led organizing and member engagement strategies in several roles at SEIU Local 1, the largest property services union in the Midwest with 50,000+ members. As a Vice President and Organizing Director, Schlademan helped thousands of once low-wage property service workers in suburban Chicago in winning their first union contract after a successful two-week strike in 2000.
As the director of the Houston Justice for Janitors campaign, Schlademan led one of the most successful large-scale union organizing drives in the South in recent years. Confronting a right-to-work environment and establishing rights for immigrant workers, many who are undocumented, Schlademan helped workers win union representation, healthcare and better jobs for more than 5,000 janitors after a successful four-week strike.
At the start of his career, Schlademan worked for the Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union (ACTWU).
He was born in New Jersey and now lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter. He holds a degree in sociology from Rutgers University.
Larry Brown, President of NUPGE
The ACTU is excited to welcome Larry Brown as a guest speaker for NexGen17.
With degrees in political science and law, Larry Brown, President of one of Canada's largest unions, has a wide range of experience to draw on, having spent over 3 decades honing skills in government, public administration, labour relations, teaching and legal issues.
Born in southern Saskatchewan and raised on a farm there, Brown began his interest in social issues while at the University of Saskatchewan, where he served as secretary to the student union and president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Students.
While articling with a Saskatchewan law firm, Brown was hired by the provincial Department of Labour as executive secretary to the Task Force on Workers' Compensation. He later became executive assistant to the Deputy Minister of Labour. While working with the government, he drafted precedent-setting Canadian legislation protecting workers against imminent danger — the right to refuse dangerous work. He also contributed his expertise and talents to the first Occupational Health Act in Canada.
The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour was his next stop. As the chief staff officer, he led the provincial organizing team for the national day of protest against wage controls in 1976 and was labour's representative on both the provincial task force examining Workers' Compensation and the government's Commission reviewing rent controls.
He later became the chief executive officer of the Saskatchewan Government Employees Association, a Component of the National Union of Government and General Employees (NUPGE) and the province's largest union, where he led one of the first public service-wide strikes in Canada. He served for 7 eventful years during which it adopted the union name and demeanour of one of Saskatchewan's most active unions — SGEU.
In 1986, he was elected as Secretary-Treasurer of NUPGE, where he served as chief financial officer and one of the spokespersons for the National Union.
In 2016, Brown was elected as President of the National Union.
Brown is also the President of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Canada's leading progressive research and policy organization.
For many years, he chaired the Public Sector Working Group of the 10 million strong Public Services International (PSI). He has also taught as a sessional lecturer at Carleton University, teaching in the Masters of Public Administration program.
He has written and spoken extensively about public finances, debt and deficit issues, the changes in federal-provincial financing, public sector restructuring and the resulting changes in the economic and political structures of Canada that have occurred in the last decade.
Brown chairs the National Union's Pensions Committee where he is leading the push to expand the control by unions of their members' pension funds, and of the use of those funds to better the condition of workers through ethical screening, shareholder activism and social investment.
Brown is married to television journalist Tricia MacDonald. The father of 3 children, he and his family reside in Ottawa.