The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our economy, our employers and our membership. For many reasons, including the uncertain nature of when it will be safe for members and staff to travel and gather in groups, the IAM Executive Council has made the decision to close the Winpisinger Education and Technology Center for the rest of 2020, effective Monday, April 6.
If you are enrolled to attend a program at the W3 Center, you will receive a communication from them concerning the cancellation of your program. Many members of Local Lodge 463 were scheduled to attend Leadership 1 and other classes this year.
The decision to close the W3 Center was not made lightly or without deliberation, as both International President Martinez, General Secretary-Treasurer Cervantes and the entire IAM Executive Council understand the critical role education plays in the IAM. The IAM, like organizations all over the world, will continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic.
“Your Executive Council is fully engaged in monitoring and responding to this crisis,” said Martinez. “I’m looking forward to reopening the Winpisinger Center at the earliest possible opportunity and resuming world-class education for our members and staff.”