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.

2020 Calendar | 2020 Table of Dates


     Communicators Class (Basic) 

  • The Basic Communicators Class is geared toward lodge Communicators and is designed to upgrade their skills and take their lodge communications to the next level by providing instruction in: writing, social media, marketing, photography, desktop publishing, on-camera presence, and legal issues. The class does not provide instruction on building or maintaining websites. Requirements: the participant must be the communicator for their lodge and must have either personal or lodge access to internet and email capability. 

     Communicators Class (Advanced) 

  • The Advanced Communicators Class is geared toward District and Local Lodge Communicators who have attended the Basic Communicator Class and is designed to expand on the basic communication aspects covered in the first course and upgrade skills to take their lodge communications the next level by providing detailed instruction in writing, photography, and video for social media, marketing, graphics, and desktop publishing. Participants must be the Communicator for the Local or District Lodge, must have attended the Basic Communicator Class, and must have personal or lodge access to the internet and email capability.

     Newswriting for Communicators Class

  • The Newswriting for Communicators course will teach Local and District Communicators powerful writing skills to improve the ability of the IAM to better present the ideas and principles of trade unionism to our members and the public at large. The class will be an intense week-long writing boot camp and will include writing shop flyers, press releases, letters to the editor, short news stories, and feature news stories. Because of the highly-specialized and hands-on training, class size is limited. Participants should complete and return the enclosed registration form as soon as possible to ensure a place in this class. Participants must be IAM members in good standing. 

     Web Development (Basic) 

  • 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. 

     Web Development (Intermediate) 

  • Intermediate Website Development is for local and district lodges that already have a website and are using WordPress. Participants must have successfully completed the Basic Web Development class using WordPress, must be currently maintaining their lodge's website address (no addresses), must be registered and currently maintaining access for, and must be registered and currently maintaining access for

    Web Development (Advanced)

  • 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.


     Financial Officers Seminar (no description)


     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.  


     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


     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.


     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.


     Local Chairmen Leadership Program (no description)

     Financial Officers Seminar (no description)


     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)


     The Veterans Program provides the union's military veterans resources relevant to their status as workers and veterans. Instructors are selected from various organizations to present on topics and issues relevant to                  veterans' concerns, including Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and the Veteran Administration (VA). Participants learn how to identify issues particular to                        veterans in the workplace; provide the fundamentals of establishing a Veterans Committee at their Local Lodge, District, and State Councils; provide educational material to members; establish outreach community                  service programs at their locals; help veterans transition from the military to civilian working and living environments; and establish a network that encourages active duty military to find employment in workplaces                  represented by the IAM once retired.   


     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