The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center embodies the IAM’s commitment to providing top-notch training to current and future leaders of our union and helps our members navigate the rapidly changing world of work in the 21st century. By studying our past and strategizing our future, IAM members learn to be unionists at the Winpisinger Center – members who know that our union is part of a larger movement for dignity and economic and social justice in our workplaces and communities. Members also learn to be leaders and return home better prepared and more motivated to work for their brothers and sisters.

We should all be proud of the Winpisinger Center. We are the only union in North America with facility dedicated to the education of our membership. Since opening in 1981, more than 60,000 students have attended Winpisinger Center programs. No other union can match that record. The IAM’s commitment to membership training is fundamental for the IAM to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

The Winpisinger Center is named after former International President William W. Winpisinger, a man whose dream and efforts made the facility a reality. Because of his vision, thousands of IAM leaders and activists are trained every year.

Robert Martinez, Jr., International President


The William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center is a facility built by workers for workers. Its mission is to meet the complete range of educational needs of our members and to provide an atmosphere where they can learn undisturbed by the daily demands of the workplace. We emphasize mutual respect, shared learning, hands-on experience, and discussion inside and outside the classroom. 

At the Winpisinger Center, participants learn together in classrooms with professional instructors and up-to-date curriculum. Our programs cover a diverse range of topics to ensure that members, officers, and staff return to their respective workplaces and put to use new skills and knowledge acquired from their training. Upon their departure, participants are better equipped to serve and lead those who elected or appointed them.

When not in class, members are encouraged to reflect on their experiences and share ideas with other participants. The camaraderie established with fellow members from the United States and Canada is also a valuable resource and provides ongoing support beyond the classroom. 


Investing in your education by taking classes at the Winpisinger Center provides the skills and know-how needed to understand, prepare for, and succeed in our fast-paced, ever-changing world of work.

Dora Cervantes, General Secretary-Treasurer