It’s Official: National Labor College Is Closing For Good



This must be just another sign of the times for today’s union bosses:

Four decades after a labor studies center formed on 47 sprawling acres near the Beltway, the National Labor College will conduct its final commencement ceremony Saturday at the Silver Spring campus.

The institution, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, fell on hard financial times in the past few years. Officials thought they had a buyer for the campus last year in a partnership with Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church, which has facilities in Silver Spring and Glenn Dale, and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. That would have let administrators move to a smaller space and conduct most courses online.

But that plan fell through after the housing commission pulled out.

Perhaps the ignominious end would not have come if union bosses hadn’t spent $30 million to renovate the campus. But one will never know.

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