NY State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute

Leader from the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA) listens attentively at a Union Leadership Institute training

What is The Union Leadership Institute?

The New York State AFL-CIO/Cornell Union Leadership Institute is an intensive, one-year leadership development training and education program for current and emerging union and alt. labor leaders and experienced staff. Institute participants share ideas and common concerns, acquire new tools, sharpen skills, and connect with other New York labor leaders from across the New York State. The purpose of the Union Leadership Institute (ULI) is to develop effective, knowledgeable, and strategic-minded leaders who will carry out their responsibilities guided by clear ethical standards, and transcendent labor values such as fairness, dignity, equality, safety, and health.  The Institute prepares leaders to think and act boldly to strengthen the ability of the labor movement to achieve economic and social justice for all working people.

What is the Program?

The Institute's one-year program has three components: seminars, individual projects, and elective courses. Participants enter the Institute during the first weeklong seminar in July on Cornell's Ithaca campus. They complete a series of four two-day seminars during the year, and then graduate at the conclusion of the second weeklong seminar the following July.