For more than 40 years, AFL-CIO Community Services has trained union members to assist troubled co-workers through the Union Community Assistance Network. The curriculum has recently been revised to emphasize the development of relationships with community partners while retaining a focus on member-to-member communications.
The Union Community Assistance Network (UCAN) program's goal is to expand labor's presence in our communities. Emphasis is placed on increasing labor participation with local service providers. UCAN participants gain a better understanding of the social and economic conditions that contribute to workers' everyday stresses, and learn how to help meet the human service needs of working families. Throughout the program, UCAN participants look at how union members can assist one another by familiarizing themselves with the resources available to them.
The Union Community Assistance Network, is sponsored jointly by the Rochester Labor Council, AFL-CIO, United Way of Greater Rochester and Cornell Labor Studies Program.
The UCAN - Union Community Assistance Network Training Program will assist participants with leadership development, communication and advocacy and outreach skills.