LIUNA Action Network

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Continuing Education

The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) provides union leaders and members with additional information on various educational institutions that offer labor degree and certificate programs, such as the Cornell Labor Studies Program, and the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst offers two Master's degree programs in Labor Studies. They include both a traditional graduate program for young activists and a limited-residency program for union leaders and activists already working in the labor movement. 

The National Labor College (NLC), which has offered training and education to union members since 1969, is now closed and will no longer offer on-line courses.  Those LIUNA members who are currently enrolled in the NLC have the opportunity to finish their degrees through a teach-out program.  This means that the NLC will be able to continue to award accredited degrees for the 18 months following the closing. Find out more on the NLC website at

Bonnie Ladin Union Skills Training Program

The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills (BLUS) Training Program conducts intensive, weeklong courses for union leaders by combining in-class instruction with real life experience. Main fields of study include:

  • Union administration
  • Collective bargaining (private and public sector)
  • Organizing (internal and external)
  • Arbitration and grievance handling


LIUNA members can apply for scholarships for university, college, trade school and technical trainings through Union Plus. Learn more information about Union Plus scholarships here .