LANDING BAY, Calif.
— Union education officials say students in more than a dozen cities across the country will be able to attend union training courses this fall at local trade union halls.
The classes are part of a pilot program that was created by the National Education Association (NEA) in partnership with the United Auto Workers (UAW).
The union has not released a timetable for when the union’s national training program would be available to members in those cities.
In the fall of 2020, union members will be required to take at least one union education course.
The NEA has not set a specific number of courses, but has said that training for members in a city will be offered twice a year for the first six months.
The union also has not said when its union courses would be offered in other cities.
As of Tuesday, more than 2,000 members of the National Labor Relations Board had signed up to take the courses, said NEA national director Matt Hargrove.
He said the union has had a lot of success with this program, especially in California, which has one of the highest union density levels in the country.
The union says about 50% of its members work in the auto industry, and about one-third of its union members are union members.
The average age of a union member is 33, according to the NEA.