Penn State Labor School Offers November Trainings For Union Activists

The Penn State Labor School is offering the following trainings in both Pittsburgh and the Lehigh Valley this MONTH. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and local Labor Councils across the Commonwealth are proud to partner with the institution to provide educational and development opportunities to our unions and our members. Please consider signing up or contacting the Penn State Labor School for more information.

Bridging Divisions: Building a Stronger Labor Movement

3 Session Course:  November 12, 19, and December 3 (Tuesdays, 6:00pm-8:30pm)

Unity among union members and across unions remains essential for a strong and successful labor movement. At the same time, we face all sorts of division—including interpersonal conflict, generational differences, and racial and gender divides to name a few. In this course, we will explore these differences as a source of strength and identify how to build an inclusive union culture. We will also discuss the critical role of bridging across divisions with other organizations to address the challenges workers face in the 21st century.

Location: United Steelworkers, 60 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222  ($5 parking available in parking garage below building).

Dates: Tuesdays, November 12, 19, and December 3

Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

 Cost: The cost for this three-week course will be $75 per participant. Registration and payment due in advance.  

REGISTER HERE or go to the LABOR School website for more information.

This course is part of the Labor Activist Academy sponsored by   The Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and The LABOR School at Penn State series of labor education workshops designed to better equip labor union stewards, labor activists, and leaders to meet the challenges facing today’s labor movement. Participation in these classes will count toward future participation in the other Labor Activist Academy courses and toward your certificate of completion. Please contact Zachary Zobrist at or 412.303.4382

The Union Difference: Who We Are, What We Stand For, and How to Talk to Members About Why It Matters

With support for unions on the rise and renewed national attention, how can the labor movement take advantage of this moment to build stronger organizations? Many of our own members, as well as potential members and our communities, remain unclear about why unions matter for all working people. While we face ever-changing political, economic, and social conditions, we have an opportunity to share our union stories and demystify our values and work.

Some of the questions addressed will include:  What are the most effective ways to engage members and potential members in our big fights, and our regular work? How can we equip leaders and members to effectively tell and use their union stories? What are the core values and characteristics of our unions, and how do they inform our organizing and member engagement? What are some of the current attacks and threats to our unions in Pennsylvania that underscore the urgency of this work?

DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2019

TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


2101 Mack Blvd. #1

Allentown, PA 18103

COST: $75 per person (Lunch provided)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, November 11, 2019