Congrats to the newest graduates of Organizing I! Thank you for your commitment to your unions.
NLC’s own Christopher Levy (far left) attended the course, which is part of the Bonnie Ladin Union Skills and Training Program. Christopher is a shop steward for the awesome Office and Professional Employees International Union members on staff here at National Labor College. Christopher’s classmates included local reps from AFSCME, IATSE, and the National Trades Union Congress of Singapore.
Upcoming classes include those aimed at both new union staff and seasoned union leaders looking to expand their expertise as a secretary-treasurer, contract negotiator or arbitrator.
|Negotiating and Writing Contract Language|
|Arbitration Brief Writing|
|Negotiating Contracts with State and Local Governments|
|New Union Staff|
|Teaching Techniques II|
|Secretary-Treasurers Total Solution Training|
|Labor Relations in the Federal Sector|
“I knew after the first 10 minutes in class that I was in the right place,” said Roger Young of participating in the Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Course Organizing I at National Labor College.
What he didn’t know is that it would be a life-changing experience for him, not only because of what he learned about organizing, but because of what he would learn about himself. Continue reading
Last month, more than 100 regional peer trainers gathered at National Labor College to participate in a refresher course designed to maintain current skills and to teach new ones.
The Regional Peer Trainer Refresher is an annual event than ensures these trainers are of the highest quality as they carry vital safety information to their coworkers in safety briefings, company-sponsored training sessions and union meetings. Most peer instructors are full-time rail workers and members and/or local officers of affiliated rail unions. The training provides a forum for the exchange of new ideas and information. Continue reading
Since 1976, Carrie Biggs Adams has been a proud member of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America (NABET-CWA), first as a member and now as a Staff Representative working for the National to serve her membership.
Recently her “members” have grown to include the students of NLC with her recent election to class president. The class president works with the Chief Steward and Newsletter Editor to serve the student body for a year-long term. Carrie will work with alumni and faculty to provide the student perspective to help inform and enrich the College’s academic environment. Current students can join in on the conversation here.
Closing the Gap from 1970 to 2012
For the 59-year-old Labor Studies student of Colmar Manor, Maryland, returning to school after being away from the classroom for 30 years was a challenge. Continue reading
Each time Carrie Biggs-Adams enrolls in a new class, she can’t wait to see who she knows from prior classes and who else she’ll get to meet. So it’s no wonder that when 2011 Class President Mark King graduated this spring, Carrie was ready to step up and represent her classmates as the 2012 Student Class President. Continue reading
Labor Day weekend held special meaning for nearly 200 union brothers and sisters. In addition to recognizing the social and economic contributions of workers, these union members and leaders could celebrate joining the ranks of labor’s college.
For union member Greg Martin, the start of the 2012-2013 NLC academic year marks the culmination of years of deliberation to go back to school. More than three years ago, Greg of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, first considered completing his degree.
At that point, the journeyman ironworker was pushing 50. The physical demands of his job were starting to take their toll, but Greg didn’t want to leave a field that he loved. Unsure of what to do, Greg turned to his business manager for advice. That’s how he learned of National Labor College. Continue reading