IAM Education

Tom BuffenbargerAs we enter the new century, the only way to keep up with change is with education. The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is the IAM’s most visible sign of our commitment to provide a world class educational facility to train future IAM leaders.

The Winpisinger Center teaches what it is to be a trade unionist. By studying labor history and the role unions play in our society, students learn that unions are more than service organizations. We are part of a larger movement toward economic and social justice with dignity on the job.

In addition, the Winpisinger Center is a place where our members learn how to be good leaders. Whether it’s a member, shop steward, local or district officer, or grand lodge representative, everyone who attends this facility goes home better prepared and more motivated to do a good job for our members.

We should all be proud of the Winpisinger Center. No other union can match its record of enrolling more than 59,774 students since opening in 1981. That kind of commitment to membership training is an important reason why the IAM will meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is named after the man whose dream and efforts made this facility a reality. Because of his vision, thousands of future IAM leaders are trained every year.
R. Thomas Buffenbarger
International President