IFT Worksite Leader training program

The strength of our union comes from informed, engaged members in our more than 400 locals, councils, and chapters across the state. When members come together with one powerful voice, we positively impact our professions and the lives of the students and citizens we serve.

Worksite leaders work with members on the front lines in schools, offices, and other IFT workplaces. They play a vital role in keeping members informed and active. That's where the IFT Worksite Leader training program comes in!


What is the WSL training program and what will I learn?
The IFT's WSL program is a series of five courses, or modules. Each module provides a strong foundation of knowledge and skills needed for worksite leaders to be effective. After completing all five modules, participants will graduate and be designated as a “certified IFT Worksite Leader.

IFT Worksite Learning training program modules include:

  1. UNION 101 provides an overview of the worksite leaders’ responsibilities and their vital role in the labor movement.

  2. COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION reviews the importance of communication in union buildings. Participants will review tools and methods for maintaining job site data and provide opportunities to improve communication skills.

  3. WORKSITE ADVOCACY uses individual and group activities to review four areas of member Advocacy: gripes & grievances, member representation, contract enforcement, and member mobilization.

  4. MOBILIZATION AND ENGAGEMENT focuses on the use of one-on-one conversations to recruit, engage and mobilize co-workers.

  5. POLITICAL, LEGISLATIVE, AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT reviews the union’s policy making and endorsement process.

    Become a WSL graduate and take the next steps towards strengthening your local and the IFT!

February 10-11, 2018
Modules 1 and 5

500 Oakmont Lane
Westmont, IL

Enrollment is limited. Submit complete registration by January 26, 2018.

Register now for ULI North

by Beth Camplain | Jan 07, 2019
The February 9-10 ULI registration closes this Friday, January 14. Class size is limited, register today!
Union Leadership Institute (ULI) program has been designed to meet the needs of both new and experienced local leaders and activists in all IFT constituency groups. ULI provides participants with hands-on learning of union skills, professional development opportunities and a chance to network with other IFT members from throughout the state.

This workshop can  be completed within a single ULI weekend session:

Student Debt Clinic: Train-the-Trainer Workshop
2-day workshop
Saturday, Feb. 9, 9am – 4:30pm
Sunday, Feb. 10, 9am – noon

As a union, we are fighting to make college affordable and student debt manageable. However, 44 million people in the United States, including many AFT-IFT members and their family members are saddled with student loan debt.

Many struggle to make monthly payments but are confused about how to tell scams from genuine help when it comes to debt forgiveness.

At the completion of this Student Debt Clinic: Train-the-Trainer course, participants will have the information and resources they will need to set up a Student Debt Clinic for their members or prospective members to assist them in managing their student debt.

Workshop topics will include:
  • Information on how to enroll in income-driven student loan repayment programs.
  • Resources to help in enrolling in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.
  • Curriculum that demonstrates the power of our union in improving the lives of
    our members and the people in our communities.
This training will be offered for a minimum of 10 participants


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