National Staff Organization

United to Lead, to Promote, to Secure, and to Defend

United to Lead, to Promote, to Secure, and to Defend

Welcome to the NSO Winter Advocacy Retreat (WAR College)! This premier training program is designed exclusively for the members of the National Staff Organization (NSO), the world’s largest union of union staff.

About WAR College

The WAR College is an annual event that brings together union staff members from diverse affiliates for an enriching and empowering experience. It’s a unique opportunity to enhance your advocacy skills, network with fellow union siblings, and gain insights into the ever-evolving landscape of labor and workers’ rights.

Why Attend?

  • Comprehensive Training: Our program is carefully crafted to meet the needs of all NSO members, regardless of your affiliate type or circumstances. From seasoned unionists to those new to the labor movement, there’s something for everyone.
  • Empowerment: We believe in equipping our members to face the challenges that unionists encounter both internally and externally. At WAR College, you’ll acquire the knowledge and tools needed to be a more effective advocate for workers’ rights.
  • Solidarity: Connect with your fellow NSO members and strengthen the bonds of union solidarity. This is your chance to build lasting relationships and collaborate with colleagues from across the country.
  • Join us at WAR College and be part of the change our union and workers across the nation need. We look forward to seeing you there!

Requests for Proposal (RFP)

  • The window for RFPs typically opens between May 1 and June 30 of each year for the succeeding WAR college. RFPs are open to any NSO member in good standing to present on a topic that would be of value to fellow NSO member and affiliates in line with the WAR College mission. Please check back in or around this time for more information on how to submit an RFP to train at NSO WAR.

Program Officer

John Avouris
Vice-President of Program

Ohio Professional Staff Union

Program Info


2025 Winter Advocacy Retreat

The 2025 Winter Advocacy Retreat (WAR College) will be held at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk from January 16 to January 18, 2025. This event is designed for National […]

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Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk, 123 Losoya St
San Antonio, TX 78205
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2026 Winter Advocacy Retreat

The 2026 NSO WAR College will be held at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay in San Diego, CA from January 15-17, 2026.  Please check back for more information.

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Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, 1441 Quivira Rd
San Diego, CA 92109
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