Training Information

Check back here for updated information for Health and Safety and Local Union Officer training opportunities when they become available.


Mine Academy Safety Committee Training


The Mine Academy Safety Committee will be holding two Surface/Underground training opportunities in 2019.


September 16, 2019 – September 20, 2019

October 21, 2019 – October 25, 2019


All applications must be submitted before Monday, August 5, 2019. Due to limited space, applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.


Click here for the Mine Academy Safety Committee Training Application.



Local Union Training Conference


The summer school training will be held at the Resort at Glade Springs located in Daniels, West Virginia.


Registration and check-in will run from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm on Sunday, August 18, 2019, and the conference will end at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.


This year’s conference will offer three separate sets of classes.

  • First year participants will be offered classes addressing labor history, steward training and grievance preparation.
  • Second year attendees will be offered training on the union at work which covers labor law and basic leadership development.
  • Third year attendees will again join the advanced attendees for an intensive workshop addressing challenges to the labor movement and strategic mobilizing.


A special opportunity this year is a class conducted by President Cecil Roberts which everyone at the summer school will attend on Tuesday afternoon.


Click here for a copy of this year’s agenda


All participants will receive a certificate of completion from the West Virginia University Institute for Labor Studies and Research.



Registration fees to attend the summer school will be $225.00 per person. Participants must pre-register for the summer school in order to attend. Registration fees are non-refundable. To register, call Sharon Mayfield at 304-293-3323. Make registration checks payable to West Virginia University and mail to:


WVU Labor Studies

Attention: Sharon Mayfield 7th Floor, Knapp Hall

P.O. Box 6031 Morgantown, WV 26506


Participants will make hotel reservations for the summer school with Sharon Mayfield at the time of registration. Accommodations are at the special rate of $83.00 per night (plus 12% state and local tax) single or double room.


Lost time from work, registration fees, meals, hotel bills and transportation costs will be the responsibility of the Local Union.


If anyone has questions about the summer school, they can contact Tony Michael, Director of the West Virginia University Institute for Labor Studies and Research at 304-293-8685 or


Due to limited space, we urge you to register as soon as possible to ensure your attendance. The UMWA summer school will be limited to the first one hundred registrants on a first come, first serve basis. Registrations must be made on or before July 5, 2019