Amalgamated Transit Union buys National Labor College site – Washington Business Journal 7-31-14

Posted: August 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Amalgamated Transit Union has acquired the former National Labor College in Silver Spring and plans to continue to use it to train union workers, nearly a year after previous plans to convert the property into a church with additional residential development fell through.The union, which represents transit workers including those who work for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, closed Tuesday on its $31.4 million acquisition of the property from the labor college, union President Larry Hanley told me Wednesday afternoon. The union has had the property under contract since the spring, he said.The union, with more than 190,000 employees in the U.S. and Canada, is planning to relocate its international headquarters from Friendship Heights and use the 46-acre campus for training and education for its members. Hanley said the union is planning to renovate the main building on the campus, the Meany Center, but has no immediate plans to redevelop other parts of the property.”The principal development we’re interested in is in developing the minds and skills of people to restore democracy from being stripped away from the U.S. and Canada,” Hanley said.

via Amalgamated Transit Union buys National Labor College site – Washington Business Journal.

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