NY State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute

Maggie Russell-Brown  ULI Class of 2013

New York State AFL-CIO / Cornell Union Leadership Institute 

The New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute (ULI) prepares labor and worker-justice leaders to effectively and strategically advance the rights of workers. Founded in 2001, ULI helps labor and worker justice leaders strengthen their organizations so that they are bold, innovative and able to adapt to a changing global economy and workforce.


ULI ventures beyond the traditional “skills-building“ approach in labor leadership training, using a transformational model of leadership development as a tool to build inclusion and solidarity. We are a unique, multi-union, multi-sector statewide certificate program where participants share ideas and common concerns, acquire new tools, sharpen skills, and connect with other worker leaders in the New York labor and worker justice movements.


ULI is an intensive, one-year training program for current union and worker leaders and top staff. It helps build a statewide network of visionary leaders who can advance collective bargaining and worker representation in communities and workplaces.