Oct. 18, 2012

Conference 2013 registration is open

While we don't have the entire program locked down just yet, you can register for the WERC Annual Conference and WIRE either online or by downloading a paper registration form. We'll be in Dallas in 2013, April 28 to May 1 at the Sheraton Hotel. See you there!

Is it time to renew your WERC membership?
These months are when the majority of members renew their membership with WERC. Watch the mail and email for your invoice and reminders. The fast and easy way to renew is online at www.werc.org. Click on the RENEW WERC MEMBERSHIP link. But snail mail or a phone call work as well! Call Rosanna or John at 630-990-0001.

WERCouncil events

  • Oct. 23, North Carolina WERCouncil Gildan Facility Tour, 1 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 1, North Carolina WERCouncil Replacements Facility Tour, 12:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 7, Michigan WERCouncil UPS Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Nov. 8, Michigan WERCouncil Evans Distribution Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
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