Education Coordinator
Nick Vollers


Sid Hass


We place a high priority on education in our Region, and we are the only UAW Region that has its own free-standing education center. Located on the banks of the Illinois river, the Pat Greathouse UAW Education Center in Ottawa, Illinois hosts many UAW leaders and members each year. Here they learn how to be leaders and contributors in their local unions and the communities in which they live. Members learn new skills, such as collective bargaining, grievance handling, strategic planning, labor history, public speaking, community service, and political action. In addition, many conferences are held for our standing committees.

The Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center embodies the UAW's commitment to education, also. Each year, thousands of UAW members and their families participate in one of the many International UAW's education programs and conferences at this unique education center on the shores of Black Lake in northern Michigan.


Purpose of the Education Committee

The Education Committee is responsible for building the power of the movement through educating and training members of their local union. Members of this committee identify the training needs of their local union membership and, with their leadership’s approval, provide classes, materials, and information based on those needs. If you are committed to providing education that informs, develops skills and motivates our leadership and members, this is the committee for you!

Once someone has completed Education Committee training, they have access to a variety of “on the shelf” curriculum, provided by the International Education Department, that can be delivered to members by the Education Committee. Some examples include:

  1. New Member Orientation
  2. Grievance Handling
  3. Leadership In Action
  4. Union Involvement
  5. Planning

There are also several programs that require an Education Rep to partner with the local union Education Committee in order to deliver to the membership. Once you determine the training needs of your membership, work with your local union leadership to arrange time to present at membership meetings or host workshops with your local union membership. If you require assistance from the International Education Department, please have your Local Union President request support through your Servicing Rep.

In addition to the curricula that the Education Department provides, there are publications available to you. Many of these publications serve as handouts for the workshops you will offer. For a list of publications that are available, please click here to review the UAW Supply Booklet. Orders must be approved by your Local Union President or Financial Secretary.

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