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IATSE Education Update

The IATSE Labor Education Assistance Program (LEAP) continues to thrive with the reimbursement of tuition and housing while taking labor study courses at accredited colleges or online.  Utilization continues to grow, as more locals become aware of the program and of the educational opportunities available to them in their own cities and online.  It has also been helpful that International Representatives have been encouraging the local leaders to take courses.

Educational seminars have been held in conjunction with International General Executive Board meetings since the 2009 Convention, and continue to be well-attended by representatives from all local unions in attendance.

On March 29-31, 2011, International President Loeb, IATSE officers and representatives will lead by example and attend their second set of training courses at the National Labor College. This three-day event will focus on internal and external organizing, leadership skills and communication.

Once again this year the International will sponsor educational training workshops at each District meeting. The next phase of the curriculum will engage local leaders in the future-planning process by getting their perspective on current union strengths, challenges, and ideas for the future.