With COVID-19 protocols in place, the IAM reopened its classrooms this week at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, to participants resuming in-person programs for the first time since March 2020. The nearly two dozen IAM members are attending Leadership 1.
“Our instructors and members quickly and successfully adapted to an online learning environment, but there’s nothing like face-to-face worker education to build and strengthen relationships among our participants,” said Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner. These experiences foster a lifelong investment in learning, build solidarity, and help sustain collective action efforts among members, officers, activists and staff. We take great pride in welcoming our members back to their facility.”
“We are extremely excited to welcome members back to the Winpisinger Center,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Education has always been essential to the mission of the Machinists Union, and no facility does it better than the William W. Winpisinger Center, but our focus is also on the health and safety of our members to ensure a safe learning environment for participants and staff”
Because the safety of member participants and staff is of the utmost importance, the W3 Center will return with a phased reopening schedule and a strict set of protocols and procedures. The W3 Center will continuously reassess all safety measures in accordance with CDC, state and local guidelines—and where appropriate, make necessary changes.
Registration is currently open for leadership and staff programs. The 2021 calendar is now available online.