Local Union Training Conference

Local Union Training Conference

United Mine Workers of America Contracts Department, in collaboration with the West Virginia University Institute for Labor Studies and Research (ILSR), has, for several years, conducted an annual training in the form of a special four-day summer school for UMWA Local Union representatives involved in grievance handling/contract enforcement.


The multi-day conference holds a series of classes covering topics such as:

 – Grievance Handling and Preparation

 – Labor Law and Unfair Labor Practices

 – Leadership Development

 – Current Events and the Labor Movement

– And a special presentation by the DOL Office of Labor-Management Standards: “Form Preparation and Filing Requirements”

The special presentation by DOL will be open to all participants and we highly recommend that all available Local Union financial secretaries attend.


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



The 2024 UMWA Labor Union Training Conference will be held at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, West Virginia.


Date: Sunday, August 25, 2024 – Wednesday, August 28, 2024

Registration: Sunday, August 25, 2024 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Closing: Wednesday, August 28, 2024 at approximately 12:00 p.m.



Registrations must be made by July 26, 2024


Registration fees to attend the summer school will be $495.00 per person. Participants must pre-register for the summer school 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

710 Knapp Hall

Morgantown, WV 26506 – 6031


Sharon Mayfield will provide details for making hotel reservations during registration. Accommodations are at the special rate of $123.00 per night (plus 12% state and local tax and 3% historical fee) for single or double occupancy.

Anyone with questions about next year’s conference can contact Tony Michael, Director of the West Virginia University Institute for Labor Studies and Research at 304-293-8685 or Tony.Michael@mail.wvu.edu.






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