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:
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.
April 23–28, 2017 Contract Negotiations in the Private Sector
Instructor: Joseph A. Twarog
July 23–29, 2017 Presentation and Teaching Techniques I
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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.
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.