The AFL-CIO Bonnie Ladin Union Skills (BLUS) Training Program offers weeklong intensive courses for union leaders, staff and activists that combine in-class instruction with discussions of real-world experiences shared by a diverse group of participants. The main training areas include:
BLUS courses are taught by a corps of experienced instructors, to help participants to better serve their union and community brothers and sisters. The BLUS experience brings rising union and community ally leaders together in a spirit of mutual development and camaraderie.
The program was named to honor Bonnie Ladin, who was known as an organizer’s organizer. Sadly, Bonnie passed away in August 2010 after a long battle with cancer. She was a union and social justice organizer for more than 25 years before she became a professor at the National Labor College. Bonnie touched tens of thousands of working people and organizers with the passion, focus and intelligence that she brought to her work.
Most courses are held at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT), a union facility and home of the International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, AFL-CIO, in Linthicum Heights, Md. CCMIT is conveniently located next to the Baltimore–Washington International Airport, Amtrak and Interstate 95.