Departmental Programs

These specialized programs are designed by departments at IAM Headquarters and conducted at the Winpisinger Center. Information about enrollment and forms is included with the program calls sent to local lodges by each department annually.

Questions and specifics about these programs (including forms) should be directed to the sponsoring department. All departments can be reached by calling IAM Headquarters at 301-967-4500.

2019 Calendar | 2019 Table of Dates

COMMUNICATIONS

     Communicators Class (Basic and Advanced)

  • The Communicators program is aimed at Communicators who are not publishing newsletters or websites and need help in basic skills such as news writing, internet research, desktop publishing, creating a web page using the IAM Microsite Service, expanding their network of email contacts and learning what is needed to start an effective newsletter or website for their lodge.
  • Does not contain a description for Advanced

     Newsletter Development (Basic)

  • Basic Newsletter Development teaches new editors how to publish a newsletter. The course covers writing and editing; selecting subjects for stories; writing headlines; how to interview; design and layout; choosing and using art, pictures, etc. Participants obtain hands-on desktop publishing experience by creating their own newsletter.

     Social Media for Organizing (no description)

     Web Development (Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced)

  • The Website Development program is designed to teach participants the basics of building a union website. Participants create, refine and publish a complete website using "hands-on" instruction techniques and are encouraged to build upon basics learned in class and create unique websites. Advanced Web Development focuses on additional refinements to IAM websites such as online forms, Macromedia Flash-enabled elements, and more detailed graphics. Layout and design and writing are also highlighted during the program. Participants should have already attended the Basic Website Development course and be currently maintaining an IAM website.
  • Does not contain a description for Intermediate

GENERAL SECRETARY TREASURER

     Financial Officers Seminar (no description)

GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES DEPARTMENT

     Federal Employees Program (Basic)

  • Federal employees work in a complex environment. The Federal Employees program uses seminars and workshops to educate federal sector employees about the legal and political aspects of their jobs. Participants learn about lobbying Congress, Workers Compensation (OWCP), the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA), Prohibited Personnel Practices, the Hatch Act, Grievance and Arbitration Processing, Strategic Planning, Communications and Collective Bargaining.

     Federal Employees Program (Advanced)

  • This program provides labor representatives a more in-depth look at FLRA procedures utilized in Federal Sector Collective Bargaining such as Negotiability Appeals.  It provides participants an opportunity to hone their Collective Bargaining skills through simulations including a mediation exercise with the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service (FMCS).  Participants also attend workshops directed at Arbitration and/or MSPB which includes developing the theory of the case, the preparation of witnesses and writing techniques.  

     Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program

  • The Federal Employees Collective Bargaining program focuses on preparing for and the process of collective bargaining under the Federal Labor Relations Act.  

POLITICS & LEGISLATION

     Political Education Seminar

  • The Political Education Seminar teaches local and district representatives to become effective advocates for pro-labor legislation. Participants learn first-hand how to lobby their elected representatives from a variety of Congressional representatives and other speakers. They also learn follow-up techniques to ensure that legislators remain accountable

RETIREES & EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

     EAP Programs (I, II, III, IV & Special Topics)

  • EAP is a non-profit service offering a broad-brush approach designed to assist workers and their families through prevention, intervention, assessment, directed care, and follow-up services. An ideal EAP should provide a labor-initiated, union/employer cooperative workplace program through participatory policy and procedural training. Assistance is inclusive, attempting to cover all situations, conditions or instances which include Alcohol/Drug Abuse, Stress, Violence (Workplace & Domestic), Depression, Discrimination, Legal Problems, Gambling, etc. The benefits of an Employee Assistance Program in the workplace are that it: supports the employee, supports the employer, provides preventive care, provides immediate/crisis care, and supports the community.
  • EAP I covers EAP History; Core Technology; Disease Concept; Link to Community; Site Visit (Area Treatment Programs); Broad Brush Issues; Enable vs. Help; Listening; Job Description, and 12-Step Programs.
  • EAP II primary course topics include Core Technology; Disease Concept; Ethics; Confidentiality; Legal Issues; Strategic Planning; Health Insurance; Taking Care of Caregiver; Follow-up; Drug Testing, and Suicide Prevention.
  • EAP III course topics include Stress Workshops; Depression; Addiction; Taking Care of Caregiver; Presenteeism/Absenteeism; Nutrition; Mental Health; Meditation; EAP and Leaders; and EAP and Workers.
  • EAP IV course work will include advanced suicide prevention training, advanced skill development of field professionals, and preparation for CEAP certification.

     Retirees Education and Strategy Program

  • The Retirees Strategic Education program is designed to teach active IAMAW retirees about issues confronting retired IAMAW members. Participants learn content, adult education methods, and strategic delivery systems to educate the retired IAMAW community.

SAFETY & HEALTH

     Hazmat (no description)

     Safety and Health Program

  • The Safety and Health program reflects the Department’s commitment to membership training as the key to a safer workplace. Course topics include Authorize OSHA Outreach courses, Hazardous Materials and Chemical Emergency Response, Accident/Incident Investigation, Workplace Inspection, Hazardous Chemical Recognition, Injury/Illness Prevention, Workplace Ergonomics, How to Set-up an Effective Safety and Health Committee, and more.

TCU/IAM

     Local Chairmen Leadership Program (no description)

     Financial Officers Seminar (no description)

TRANSPORTATION

     Critical Incident Response System (no description)

     General Chairs Orientation Program (no description)

     Railroad Local Chairmen Seminar (Basic)

  • This seminar enhances the skills of Railroad Local Chairmen to work under the Railway Labor Act. Participants learn how to handle complaints and process grievances all the way through the hearing stage. Participants also learn how the Railway Labor Act and the National Railroad Adjustment Board (NRAB) work.

     Railroad Local Chairmen Seminar (Advanced) (no description)

     Transportation Local Lodge Election Program (no description)

VETERAN’S SERVICES DEPARTMENT

     Veteran’s Services Program (no description)

WOMENS, HUMAN RIGHTS, & YOUNG WORKERS

     Community Services Program

  • The Community Services program teaches members how to operate effective Community Service Committees in their locals and districts.  Participants learn how to carry out important activities such as strike assistance, communications, youth outreach programs, food drives, working with people with disabilities and helping members with financial or emotional problems. The program also deals with legislative impacts on Social Security and other important benefits.

     Human Rights Program

  • The Human Rights seminar provides participants guidance on ways to become a constructive and pro-active force in their local and district lodges; explores strategies HR Committee members can use to become involved in the legislative process and encourage others to do the same; identify opportunities for HR Committee members to participate in organizing campaigns and encourage organizing among under-represented workers; encourages inclusion and participation of diverse groups of members to be involved in their locals and districts; provides HR Committee members with practical strategies for being an effective and vigorous advocate for diversity, mutual respect, fairness, and equality in the workplace and in the union; provides HR Committee members with an understanding of the resources available to them within the union and from like-minded groups and agencies; and helps HR Committee members develop effective intervention strategies and skills when confronted with a workplace harassment or diversity problem or complaint. 

     Women’s Program (Basic)

  • The Women’s Basic Program is designed to motivate union sisters to become active members within their locals and districts.  The Women’s Advanced Training builds on the lessons learned in the Basic Training and further develops those skills in the areas of organizing, political and legislative involvement, strategy planning and network building.

     Women’s Program (Advanced) (no description)

     Young Workers Strategy Program

  • The Young Worker Training is designed to connect the IAM with younger members interested in becoming actively involved in our union. The curriculum was designed based on feedback from our young members. Participants will gain basic skills for union participation, learn where their interests fit into union activities and begin developing their talents to become tomorrow’s leaders. Members attending this training will be encouraged to work with lodge leaders to develop viable Young Machinists committees and begin the mentoring process for other young workers