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, held in Georgia, is a CLCS event. It is NOT: the official Black Men in Unions Institute is a 4-day conference 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.

2025 Black Men in Unions Institute

Conference Theme TBD

WHEN: February TBD (Thursday-Sunday)

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

BMIU 2025 Flier

Registration for BMIU 2025 will open during the weekend of the Fall Leadership Institute, being held in November 2024. See you then!