Common Sense Economics is a training and education program, conducted by and for union members and progressive allies, to educate working people on how our economy works and how actions and policies impact our economy. It’s harder for working people to achieve or maintain a middle-class lifestyle despite increases in productivity and longer work hours. Entire communities have been devastated by bad policies designed to reward the wealthy. For communities and working people across the country, it seems as if the economy is like the weather, something unpredictable that happens to us. But the economy isn’t like the weather—it doesn’t just happen. Politicians support policies that foster an economy that works for Wall Street and the privileged few, instead of one that works for everyone.

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The Organizing Institute (OI) builds power for working people by training aspiring and experienced organizers alike in the craft of organizing. For nearly three decades, we have provided fundamentals, insights and inspiration to tens of thousands of organizers, giving them the tools needed to lead successful organizing and strategic campaigns.

If you want to play a key role in building a stronger labor movement, strengthen your local union or bolster the skills of your organizing team for a specific campaign, please contact


Since its incubation in 2013, the Great Lakes Political Academy has trained more than 220 fellows in this intensive program. GLPA runs general programs and specialization programs that are highly regarded across the state of Michigan. Our general program covers all campaign topics and is designed to prepare experienced rising campaign leaders to manage competitive campaigns. Our specialization program covers specific campaign areas and is designed to prepare less-experienced rising campaign leaders to lead campaign departments.

Leadership, Education and Development (LEAD) is aimed at recruiting and training progressive candidates for state and local offices. Our LEAD candidate training program was introduced in 2020 and is open to current and future candidates across the state.

Contact Alexis Duling Hart and Max Lewis for opportunities at and, or visit