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The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center embodies the IAM’s commitment to membership training. The Center’s curriculum is comprehensive and concise and includes programs on lodge administration, organizing, collective bargaining, communications, and arbitration. Participants learn how to navigate the changing workplace, advocate for their fellow members, and stand up to unfair bosses and company practices. They return to their Districts and Locals prepared to lead.

The Winpisinger Center is named for former International President William W. Winpisinger, affectionately called Wimpy, who conceived of a facility where members could come together, share ideas, and learn from instructors and each other. His vision of worker education was considered radical at the time.

The IAM is the only union in North America with a facility dedicated to the education of its membership. After forty years, the Winpisinger Center continues to adhere to the original tenets of President Winpisinger’s vision. Since its opening in 1981, almost 90,000 participants have attended its programs. Because of our commitment to membership training, the IAM is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st-century head-on and win.

Today, the Winpisinger Center continues its pragmatic approach to education, grounded in the experiences of the membership and field representatives but never losing sight of innovation in curriculum, delivery, and programming. Wimpy would be proud of his namesake institution and the hard work of every participant who has walked through its doors eager to build strength in the labor movement. We can’t wait to see what the next forty years bring.


Robert Martinez, Jr.
International President

Dora Cervantes
General Secretary-Treasurer

William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center

24494 Placid Harbor Way
Hollywood, Maryland 20636
Phone: 301-373-3300
Fax: 301-373-2860

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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