The Consortium for Worker Education is a union-affiliated organization that provides job-training for 110,000 people a year. The consortium has been so successful in training unionized workers that they have been given government and foundation contracts to train nonunion workers as well. A recent study by the Center for an Urban Future stated that labor-affiliated training programs were generally better than programs run by nonprofit organizations or the government. This greater success can be attributed to the fact that union programs are better financed, work more closely with employers and provide longer training for workers.
See Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, August 10, 2003