About

The National Labor Leadership Initiative (NLLI) is an intensive year-long leadership development program for top-level national leaders in the labor movement and the broader movement for worker justice.

Launched in the fall of 2013, the NLLI grew out of a partnership between the AFL-CIO, Cornell University's Worker Institute, and a number of seasoned labor educators from educational institutions around the U.S. The purpose of the partnership is to address the strategic challenges of the 21st century, to contribute to helping top labor leaders and staff acquire and refine the framework, knowledge, skills and qualities needed to lead in a dramatically altered and increasingly combative political and economic environment.

The NLLI provides a space for unions, worker justice organizations, and labor educators to try out innovative approaches to the challenges of developing the critical core of leaders our movement needs.

The NLLI partner institutions are the AFL-CIO, the Worker Institute at Cornell ILR, Harvard Law School-Labor and Worklife Program, Rutgers Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, Rockwood Leadership Institute and the United Association for Labor Education.