Registration ended July 14

How to Apply | Application Deadline | CostProgram DetailsCourse Schedule 

Kenneth and Sam at a MULP sessionNow in its eighth year, the Minnesota Union Leadership Program (MULP) helps unions develop and strengthen leaders, equipping participants 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 (past, present, and future) while engaging in critical thinking about how workers succeed in building a more just and equitable society. Emerging and established union leaders build relationships and network with their fellow class members and others from the labor movement, learning from each other’s experiences and knowledge.

Students taking notes at a MULP sessionThe Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota coordinates and leads the training. Experienced and knowledgeable speakers from throughout the labor movement and its allied community are included as presenters and panel members.

The program starts over three days at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge near Brainerd where participants build relationships and focus on engaging the first two sessions. The remaining sessions take place in St. Paul at the Continuing Education and Conference Center of the University of Minnesota.

Here is the MULP 2017-18 Brochure (pdf)

How to Apply

Here is the MULP 2017-18 Application (pdf)

Individuals must be sponsored by their labor union or a related organization to participate in the program. Potential participants need to complete an application and each sponsoring organization must provide a statement of support (1) acknowledging the time commitment for the participant and (2) agreeing to fund the tuition cost.

Participants are expected to attend all six sessions of the program and must attend a minimum of five sessions to complete the program and earn a certificate.

Selection Considerations

  • Enrollment is limited to ensure a high-quality educational experience.
  • No more than three individuals should apply from any single union local or related organization.
  • People of color, women, LGBTQ people, and those under the age of 35 are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please call 612-624-5020 or e-mail us with any questions about applying to the MULP program.


Application Deadline

July 14, 2017 - Registration has ended.

Applications must be faxed, e-mailed, or postmarked by this date.


Tuition is $1500, due from the sponsoring organization upon acceptance to the program.

 The fee includes lodging for two nights and meals at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge; parking, light breakfast, lunch, and snacks at the St. Paul sessions; and all program materials and instruction

Please call 612-624-5020 or e-mail us with any questions about this program.

Program Details

Readings and other course materials are made available to participants in advance of each session through a course website, email, and by post.

Upon successful completion of the program, each participant receives a leadership certificate. We conclude the program with a celebration that recognizes the achievement of the completing participants and welcomes their family, members of their sponsoring organizations, and others from the labor community.

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

Course Schedule

The first two sessions take place over three days at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge. The remaining three sessions all take place at the Continuing Education and Conference Center on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. 

Sessions 1 & 2: October 25 - 27, 2017 (Ruttger's)

  1. Workers, Unions, Legacy, Lessons
  2. Workers and the Economy

Session 3: December 7, 2017 (Continuing Education and Conference Center)

  • Labor and Social Change

Session 4:  January 18, 2018 (Continuing Education and Conference Center)

  • Unions and Workers in the Public Eye

Session 5: March 15, 2018  (Continuing Education and Conference Center)

  • Building Member Power

Session 6: May 10, 2018 (Continuing Education and Conference Center)

  • Organizational Change and Leadership 

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