The Union Leadership Academy (ULA) held a shop steward training session for International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 68 in West Caldwell, NJ. Attendees, seen above, will advance their leadership skills through ULA’s classes.

Building Leaders, One at a Time...

For more than fifty years, the Union Leadership Academy (ULA) has provided an outstanding leadership development program for NJ union members and leaders. The curriculum is designed to equip emerging leaders with new knowledge and effective skills, which have advanced the leadership position of many graduates in their unions and in their communities. Classes are held at several convenient locations throughout the state. Take a class today and become the leader you want to be tomorrow!

ULA Certificate Requirements: 

Participants must complete eight courses to receive the Union Leadership Academy Certificate. Course completion requires attendance at five out of six class meetings per course. While the program begins in September, learners may enroll in individual courses at any time.

ULA Courses

The ULA provides classes on a variety of topics that are important to all workers, including rank and file union members, shop stewards, and new and aspiring union leaders. The following are some of the courses that are offered regularly. To request one of these classes or schedule a course for your local or organization, contact LEARN at:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Creative Approaches to Grievance Handling
  • Advanced Grievance Handling
  • Economics for Trade Unionists
  • Labor and Politics
  • Labor History
  • Hurt at Work: Your Legal Rights
  • Labor History
  • Hurt at Work: Your Legal Rights
  • Labor, Climate Change and Work
  • Labor and Racial Justice
  • Making the Union Strong - Mobilizing and Organizing for Change
  • Mediation and Arbitration Basics
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Public Speaking and Media Skills
  • Shop Stewarding – Representation, Rights and Responsibilities
  • Race, Class and Gender: Intersectional Multicultural Egalitarian Organizing
  • The Big Picture: Globalization, Immigration, Solidarity
  • Why Unions Matter: Principles and Practice of Trade Unionism
  • Winning Tomorrow: Real Democracy, Social Equality, and Good Government
  • Workers’ Rights on the Job-Employment and Labor Law
  • Bargaining for the Common Good

Current Class Offerings (online only):

Preserve, Protect and Defend, The Constitution and the American Labor Movement
Dates: Wednesdays, April 28, 2021 - June 2, 2021
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Instructor: Michael Merrill, PhD
Michael Merrill is co-author (with Sean Wilentz) of The Key of Liberty: The Life and Democratic Writings of William Manning, A Laborer (Harvard, 1993).

The Presidential Oath of Office is written into the Constitution. Every president swears to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States" to the best of their ability. But what does the Constitution say? And what have its provisions meant to and done for the labor movement? This course focuses on what the Constitution has meant to and done for working people and the labor movement in the U.S. It explores what parts of the Constitution are working, what parts aren’t working, and how trade unionists can best defend American democratic rights and freedoms.

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The per-class registration fee is $90. Pre-registration and payment are required to guarantee seats. For online registration, we accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard) and e-checks. If you cannot use this form of payment, please call 848-932-9504.

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds will be issued. Cancellations made three business days prior to the date of a class will receive full credit toward any future courses offered by LEARN at Rutgers University.


For more information: email or call (848) 932-9504.