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 2019 Local Union contract training conference, sponsored by the UMWA’s International Contract Department, will be taught by the faculty of West Virginia University’s Institute of Labor Studies and Research.


This year’s participants will be offered three different agendas:

First year participants, steward and grievance training will incorporate labor history, steward roles and responsibilities and grievance writing and presentation.

Second year attendees will be offered training on the “Union at Work”, which includes current labor issues, leadership development and Union effectiveness.

Third year class will join the advanced attendees for an intensive workshop addressing representation in a “right-to-work” environment which will cover legal basics and best practices in an increasingly so called “right-to-work” world.


The program, which hosted almost 80 UMWA members in 2018, is open to all Local Unions and will be held at The Resort at Glade Springs located in Daniels, W.Va.  Registration is $225.00 per person, which covers all instructional costs.

Individuals need to make their own room reservations with Glade Springs by calling 1-877-814-7316 and identifying themselves as UMWA summer school participants to get the special rate of $83.00 (plus 12% state and local tax) per night.

For more information or to register for the 2019 program, contact Sharon Mayfield at 304-293-3324 or email