Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program

The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program offers weeklong intensive courses for labor movement professionals to gain practical skills to apply in real-life situations.

Course topics include:

  • Union administration;

  • Negotiating collectively (private and public sector);

  • Organizing (internal and external);

  • Arbitration and grievance handling;

  • Communications and media; and

  • Best financial practices.

Experienced instructors help participants improve the lives and jobs of their unions and communities through hands-on instruction.

2017 Schedule

April 23–28, 2017                Contract Negotiations in the Private Sector

                                              Instructor: Joseph A. Twarog

July 23–29, 2017                 Presentation and Teaching Techniques I

                                             [registration link coming soon]

Register for a Union Skills Training Today


Where Are the Union Skills Trainings?

Most courses are held at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, a union facility and home of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, in Linthicum Heights, Md. The Maritime Institute is located next to the Baltimore–Washington International Airport, Amtrak and Interstate 95.

Get directions to the Maritime Institute.

Who Was Bonnie Ladin?

The union skills training program was named to honor Bonnie Ladin, a union and social justice organizer for more than 25 years before she became a professor at the National Labor College. Bonnie, known as an organizer’s organizer, touched tens of thousands of working people and organizers with the passion, focus and intelligence that she brought to her work. She passed away in August 2010 after a long battle with cancer.


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