Continuing education with ICD
ICD (Institute for Career Development) is a benefit the Steelworkers first negotiated into the basic steel labor agreement in the 1980's. Recognizing that the steel industry was on the verge of upheaval and contraction, then International President Lynn Williams viewed this as a way to make sure Union members who were laid off or forced into early retirement would have the transferable work skills necessary to find other good paying jobs.
However, ICD is more than a hedge against mass layoffs and plant closings. Williams described it as a way to prepare our members for life after steel. He pointed out that no one wants to die in a steel mill. Whether looking for a part time job, saving money through do-it-yourself projects, or enjoying a fulfilling hobby, ICD can also prepare members for a happy retirement.
Whether computer, hands-on, art, or miscellaneous, most classes at the Cleveland ICD Center are structured to allow spouses, retirees, and salaried people to participate.
Members of the Cleveland ICD Local Joint Committee are always open to suggestions of possible future classes. Cleveland ICD will do its best to locate instructors for any subject with high demand.
The ICD benefit also allows active hourly employees to attend classes at approved educational institutions. Cleveland State University, Cleveland Woodworking, Cuyahoga Community College, Hondros, Lorain Community College, National Labor College and Polaris are a few of the schools where Local Union 979 members have used tuition vouchers. To take advantage of this benefit, call Shirley Pasholk at 216-441-3040.
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