Minnesota Union Leadership Program

MULP 2014This unique educational opportunity is designed to help unions develop and strengthen leaders, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges facing the labor movement.

Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, participants study the labor movement - where we have been, where we are and where we are heading - and engage in critical thinking about the strategies for success.

With each session, emerging and established union leaders build relationships and network with others. We draw on the diversity of the labor movement and use a participatory approach to learn from each other's experiences. Participants include union activists, workplace stewards, elected officers and staff.

Training is coordinated and led by Labor Education Service staff. We also draw on experienced and talented speakers from the labor movement and our allies in the community. Readings and course outlines are available in advance of each session through a course website.

Each participant receives a leadership certificate upon successful completion of the program.

MULP 2014 studentThe Minnesota Union Leadership Program is offered by the Labor Education Service in cooperation with the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

The first two days of this program will be held at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge near Brainerd to promote the group's educational experience and facilitate relationship building across the labor movement. All other sessions will be held at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota. Sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How to Apply

This program reflects a significant commitment for both the participant and her/his union. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions and must attend a minimum of five sessions in order to successfully complete the program and earn a certificate. Unions must fill out a statement of support, acknowledging the time and commitment involved for the participant to attend and agreeing to fund the participant's tuition.

Enrollment will be limited to 30 people to ensure a high-quality educational experience.

Selection Considerations

We request that no more than 3 individuals apply from any single local union.
Our goal is to select a diverse group of union leaders, from different sectors and occupations, reflecting the makeup of Minnesota's labor movement.

People of color, women and people under age 35 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Deadline to Apply

May 23, 2014
Applications must be faxed or postmarked by this date.


Tuition is $1,500 due upon acceptance into the program. The fee includes lodging for two nights and all meals at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge; lunch and snacks for the on-campus sessions and all materials and program instruction for the year.

Contact Us

Please call or e-mail us with any questions about this program.