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The IAM is the only union in the United States that has its own education center. The vision of International President William W. Winpisinger, The Winpisinger Education and Technology Center’s goal is to improve the lives of IAM members and their families through education.

William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center at Placid Harbor is a facility built by workers for workers. Its purpose is to meet the complete range of educational needs of our members and to provide an atmosphere where members can learn undisturbed by the daily demands of the workplace.

To this end, the programs cover a diverse range of training to ensure that IAM members, officers and staff are prepared to serve their fellow members.

Leadership Programs include courses such as:

Leadership I, II, Advanced Leadership and Train-the-Trainer which are the foundations of our education program.

Specialized Training includes courses such as:

Arbitration, Collective Bargaining, Advanced Collective Bargaining, Comprehensive Training, Orientation and Basic Skills, Pension Program and Strategic Planning.

Departmental Seminars include courses such as:

Basic and Advanced Editors, Community Services/Retirees, Federal Employees, Financial Officers, Human Rights, IAM Cares, VLodge Membership Training, Political Education, Railroad Local Chairmen, Safety and Health, High Performance Work Organizations and Women’s Program.

Every member profits when local, district and grand lodge leaders work together to improve wages, working conditions, pensions and job security for the membership.

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