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Harvard Trade Union Program


The Harvard Trade Union Program is an intensive 5-week executive training program designed for trade union leaders. Comparable to the advanced education that Harvard University offers to executive-level individuals in business, government and law, HTUP teaches the essential skills for the management and leadership of unions, as well as providing a unique opportunity to explore key issues for the labor movement.


  • Gain insights into the complex political, social and economic forces that shape their operating environment.
  • Exchange perspectives with faculty who are internationally recognized for their expertise on labor issues.
  • Develop relationships among people doing similar work in the national and international labor communities.
  • Interact with future leaders in the corporate and public sectors by attending classes at the country’s most prestigious graduate schools of business, education and government.

Since 1942, the Harvard Trade Union Program has prepared union activists to meet the challenge of dynamic leadership within their unions and society. Today, the program helps union leaders develop keener analytical, managerial and problem solving skills as well as discover ways to deepen public understanding of the value and importance of labor unions.

HTUP class in a lecture.