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Organizing Institute

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’s (OI’s) mission is to develop and promote the craft of organizing. Founded in 1989the Organizing Institute highlights the importance of organizing within the labor movement.  We recruit and train new organizers; collaborate across the labor movement with community allies; and share successful approaches to support organizing and strategic campaigns.

Three-Day Training for New Organizers: Our first three-day training was launched in November 1989. Twenty-five years and hundreds of trainings later, thousands of alumni of the OI three-day—union staff and members alike—are organizing, advocating and leading the fight for social change in unions and allied organizations. Check out our current training schedule. Read more.

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.

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. Read more.

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