William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center

The Winpisinger Center teaches what it is to be a trade unionist.

William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center

By studying labor history and the role unions play in our society, students learn that unions are more than service organizations.

William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center

We are part of a larger movement toward economic and social justice with dignity on the job.

Welcome


In June of 1980, the IAM took the first steps toward realizing the vision of International President William W. Winpisinger. With the purchase of buildings and land, the concept of building an innovative education facility was underway. A facility where members could come together, share ideas, and “think out loud” about workplace challenges and solutions to those challenges. Winpisinger believed that IAM members not only needed such a facility, but that they deserved one, and the executive committee set about establishing the Center on Placid Harbor in rural southern Maryland.

In 2020, the Winpisinger Center celebrates 40 years of realizing that vision, and of educating and supporting IAM members, officers, activists, and staff. The first program held was Organizing, August 4-14, 1981, in the basement of the Dining Hall. Twenty IAM Staff from across the United States and Canada participated in that inaugural program. From that very first program, the Center has grown and changed to keep up with the needs of the membership.

William W. Winpisinger,
International President
1977 to 1989

William W. Winpisinger,
International President
1977 to 1989

Negotiation Prep
Negotiation Prep is an intense one-week program designed to prepare the negotiating committee for collective bargaining with its employer. Topics covered include roles and responsibilities of the committee; identifying critical tasks in preparing for negotiations; using bargaining surveys; locating and interpreting information concerning the employer’s financial situation; bargaining power vis-à-vis the company; identifying potential leverage points (company vulnerabilities); costing the contract using data from the employer; drafting or amending contract language, and reviewing the standards of interpretation used by arbitrators in language cases.

Field Programs
If members of your Local or District Lodge are in need of training but cannot travel to the Winpisinger Center, we can bring the program to you. We offer steward training, negotiation prep, local lodge administration, and officer training (including roles and responsibilities of officers and constitutional requirements and guidelines). We can also customize a program to the needs of your Lodge.

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