Black Men in Unions Institute

Since 1986, Black Men in Unions has invited all workers, union or non-union, and activists from allied organizations to share ideas and grow skills for responding to the challenges facing working people. In this conference, we pay special attention to bringing in black leaders to teach and cultivate the next generation of leadership. We welcome participants from all cultural or ethnic backgrounds and gender identities. 

Information and registration for our upcoming conference below.

Important Note: We have recently been asked if "The North Meets South" conference, being held in Georgia on the same dates as the original University of Michigan Black Men in Unions (BMIU), is a CLCS event. It is NOT: the official Black Men in Unions Institute is a 4-day conference being held in Troy, MI. Please be advised that "The North Meets South" conference is a completely separate event that is NOT affiliated in any way with the University of Michigan, the Center for Labor & Community Studies, or the original Black Men in Unions Institute. Any use of our logo, name, or branding is being used without our permission. All official CLCS conferences and programming will always be listed on our website. 

Past Events

You can review the curriculums offered at past conferences below. As this is a long-standing conference, please note that not every year is represented. To see photos and video from past conferences, visit the Black Men in Unions Facebook page.

2024 Black Men in Unions Institute

Black Men in Solidarity: Educating Our Union

WHEN: February 8-11, 2024 (Thursday-Sunday)

WHERE: Somerset Inn (2601 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084)

BMIU 2024 Flier

This year, BMIU will have ten workshops available, including one advanced course:


Cost is $640 ($560 tuition, $80 mandatory meal fee)

Register online at, email photo/scan of this form to or fax 313-588-6430. Note, postal mail can take up to two weeks to reach us. You do not need your payment or voucher first to register. Please register and pay by February 1st, 2024. If we receive the full $640 payment by that date, you are eligible for the Express Lane — a shorter wait at check in. The mandatory meal payment includes 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches; evening meals are on your own. Tuition Assistance Programs (TAPs) cover tuition costs, but not meals. If using TAP, apply for $560 tuition; you or your workplace pay the $80 meal payment beforehand or at registration.


Check-in is Thursday, February 8, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Welcome Session is 7:00pm to 9:00pm. A second check-in is 7:30am to 9:00am Friday. Conference runs 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday & Saturday, with graduation on Sunday. 


BMIU will be held at Somerset Inn (2601 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084). 


Rooms are available at Somerset Inn for $124 per night plus tax for a queen or $149 per night plus tax for a king. You can book at this special rate by calling 1-800- 222-8733 and ask for code BMIU before February 1, 2024 to reserve a room. 


The last date to cancel the event at no cost is February 1, 2024. To be valid, cancellations must be called in to CLCS at 313-583-6400. Registrants who do not cancel by the deadline or No-Show owe full payment amount. 


Please contact our office or go to the scholarship application on our website to inquire about scholarship availability. 

UPDATE: All workshops are completely full except for YOUTH IN UNIONS (for children of BMIU attendees only). Youth have a separate registration form, WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE.

Our waitlist is ALSO officially closed. Only those already on the waitlist will be contacted if spots open up.

Thank you!