Organizing Institute

The Organizing Institute (OI) has trained tens of thousands of organizers who are committed to building power for working people all across this country. The Organizing Institute’s mission to develop and promote the craft of organizing is supported today by training programs for beginner and lead organizers, an apprenticeship program, and by collaborating with unions to share successful approaches to organizing and strategic campaigns.

Training for Union Staff and Member Activists

This is an opportunity to learn and practice leading effective organizing conversations with peers and experienced organizers from across the movement. This three-day basic organizing skills training is for union members and organizers who are sponsored by their union. The cost is $150 and covers meals and registration. Contact us at [email protected] with questions.


Become a Union Organizer

We’re looking for commitment and talent! The Organizing Institute Apprenticeship Program is a paid training and placement program for individuals interested in becoming union organizers. Through top-notch instruction and mentorship, social and economic justice activists develop the strong foundation to build successful careers as union organizers.

Learn more about the apprenticeship program.

Upcoming OI ‘3-Day’ Training Schedule

  • Boston (Nov. 3–5; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
  • Baltimore, Md. (Nov. 17–19; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
  • CBTU/Baltimore (Jan. 26–28, 2018)*

*This training is in collaboration with the DC & Baltimore Chapters of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU).  *CBTU Sponsored OI 3Day Training for CBTU Members.

**Please note: Training programs may reach capacity prior to the deadline. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Advanced Organizer Workshop

This collaborative workshop is designed for experienced organizers who are taking on a greater role in leading teams and campaign strategy. Registration is by recommendation only. Cost is $150. Contact Camille West-Eversley with questions.

Upcoming Advanced Organizing Workshops

  • Washington, D.C. (Dec. 6–8; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)