Minnesota Union Leadership Program

Education Minnesota will sponsor and pay for a limited number of members to attend the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service (LES) Minnesota Union Leadership Program.  

The Minnesota Union Leadership Program (MULP) is in its seventh year, with new classes starting this fall.

This educational program is designed to help unions develop and strengthen leaders, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges faced within the labor movement. Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, participants study the labor movement—where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.

With each session, emerging and established union leaders build relationships and network with their fellow class members, using a participatory approach that values each other’s experiences and knowledge. Previous class members have come from multiple labor organizations and varied positions.

The six sessions and the date of each session are listed below:

Session 1    “Workers, Unions, Legacy, and Lessons”
Session 2    “Workers and the Economy”

Ruttgers’ Bay Lake Lodge, Deerwood, Minn.
Oct. 5-7, 2016

Session 3    “Labor and Social Change”
East Side Freedom Library, St. Paul, Minn.
Nov. 17, 2016

Session 4    “Unions and Workers in the Public Eye”
Continuing Education and Conference Center (CECC), University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minn.
Jan. 19, 2017

Session 5    “Building Member Power”
CECC, St. Paul, Minn.
March 9, 2017

Session 6    “Organizational Change and Leadership”
CECC, St. Paul, Minn.
May 11, 2017

Training is coordinated and led by the Labor Education Service at the University of Minnesota, drawing on the talent and expertise found in the labor movement and its allies in the community.  

How Education Minnesota members can participate

MULP does not accept individuals who simply pay the $1,500 cost; participants must be sponsored and funded by their labor organization.

Education Minnesota members can apply for sponsorship and funding by filling out this form. The deadline is May 13.

Education Minnesota members can also approach their individual locals for sponsorship and funding. That application process is different and is coordinated by LES. If you have questions about that process, contact Russell Raczkowski, the MULP coordinator, at, 612-301-7705 or rraczkow@umn.edu.

This program reflects a significant commitment for both the participant and her/his sponsoring group. Participants are expected to attend all six sessions of the program and must attend a minimum of five sessions in order to successfully complete the program and earn a certificate.

If you have any questions regarding the program, feel free to contact Russell Raczkowski, MULP coordinator, at the phone and email listed above.


The Minnesota Union Leadership Program is offered by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service in cooperation with Minnesota unions and the Minnesota AFL-CIO.