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National Organizers Workshop Set for March 6–7, 2015

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Our movement faces enormous challenges: union density is declining, corporate power is on the rise and basic worker protections are under attack.

Front-line labor and community organizers are confronting these issues every day. And as any organizer will tell you, we’re stronger when we confront tough problems together.

That’s why we’re excited about teaming up with organizers from across the labor movement to present the National Organizers Workshop.  It’s scheduled for March 6–7, 2015, in Washington, D.C., and it’s an event you won’t want to miss.

We’re inviting organizers from across the labor movement and from allied groups engaged in issues that affect working families. We’ll share ideas, strategize and learn together about what is needed now to win power for workers and communities. It’s an unprecedented opportunity to talk shop and dream big with the best organizers in the country. 

Who should attend: If you consider yourself an organizer and are working to build and grow a progressive movement, you’re invited. This includes union organizers, community organizers, member organizers and front-line staff. 

All organizers are invited, whether or not you’ve ever attended an Organizing Institute event before. For those who are alumni of our three-day and advanced trainings, we’re eager to hear more about the work you’re doing now.

What’s on the program? Based on feedback we’ve received so far, we’ll focus on real-life organizing challenges in workshops and small forums that feature dialogue and high participation. Stay tuned for an online survey to solicit your input and ideas.

Next steps:

  • Download the event flier above and mark the date.
  • Share the flier with friends and colleagues in your organizing network.
  • Send us a note at and we’ll keep you posted on advance registration, program announcements and other key details.

Working people are facing tough times. Like working people always do, we’re responding in creative ways, inside and outside of traditional union organizing drives, with real potential to build power for the future. The National Organizers Workshop will be a place to connect and trade ideas so we become stronger together. See you in March!

Organizing Institute Trainings

The OI offers several training options:

The OI offers trainings for:

2014 Schedule

Oakland, Calif.* Sept. 5–7 CLOSED
Atlanta Sept. 26–28 CLOSED
Inland Empire, Calif. Oct. 3–5 Training for young workers.
Minneapolis/St. Paul Nov. 14–16  
San Antonio Dec. 12–14 Training conducted in Spanish

*Co-sponsored with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). This training focuses on training activists of Asian and Asian Pacific Islander descent.

Beth Tombers

"I'm an organizer because I believe that safe employment to earn a living wage is a human right. People who actually work for a living deserve so much more than we have all been led to believe."
Beth Tombers
2013 OI Apprentice Organizer
Gulf Coast Shipyards Campaign

About the Organizing Institute

The Organizing Institute (OI) seeks to help build the union movement primarily through identifying, training and developing organizers from our membership, staff, community and college campuses across the country.

The Organizing Institute is for activists: We are committed to educating organizers who are enthusiastic and energetic and arming them with skills to help workers form unions.

The Organizing Institute is for unions: Whether your union wants to develop a member organizer program, train organizing staff or recruit new organizers, the OI can assist. The OI staff includes organizer trainers with 15-plus years of union and community organizing experience. The OI offers training in the fundamentals of organizing as well as more advanced organizer training in both the classroom and the field.

Call us: 1-800-848-3021

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Sponsorship forms must be received two (2) weeks prior to training. Any forms received after the cut-off date will be put on a “wait” list and subject to availability.

Checks/money orders should be made payable to "AFL-CIO Secretary–Treasurer." Personal checks will not be accepted.

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