District 11 Charley Richardson Educational Institute


This year’s District 11 Charley Richardson Educational Institute (Ruttger’s) has been scheduled for September 19-24, 2021 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood, Minnesota.

We do not know what COVID-19 policies will be in place in September, but we will be following CDC guidelines and may still require everyone to wear a mask and social distance during all of our meetings and classes. 

Click here for the call letter for locals that participate in the Welfare and Education Fund
Click here for the call letter for locals that do not participate in the Welfare and Education Fund


The agenda for this year’s Educational Institute will be broken up into 1-3/4 hour blocks of time offering more subject matter for each year.

Click here for a partial agenda with general information for all students.

The basic subject matter for years 1-4 will be: 

It is recommended that you take the classes in consecutive order beginning with the first year. The entire program is designed to complete each class in chronological order so that you may get the full benefit from the Educational Institute. 

Class will conclude on Thursday afternoon with the Awards Ceremony taking place after dinner that evening. Sleeping rooms will be available Thursday night and breakfast will be served Friday morning followed by the Mock Arbitration, which will conclude by approximately 11:00 a.m.

Please inform your registrants that it is required that they attend the Educational Institute in full and to plan on attending through the Mock Arbitration on Friday morning. 


Click here to download the registration and housing form.

Complete one form for each student and return it, along with any registration fees, by July 23, 2021 to: 

USW District 11 
Attn: Joyce Russotto 
3433 Broadway Street NE, Suite 315 
Minneapolis, MN 55413 

We would again like to remind you that Ruttger’s has a rigid cancellation policy that locks us in to a specific number of attendees in advance. Please be very specific in your roommate preference when filling out your registration as it is difficult to make last minute adjustments.

Any changes, cancellations or additions of participants should be reported to the District Office by Friday, September 10, 2021.


Please note: 

Each year, local unions have donated items such as shirts, jackets, hats, etc. to be given away as door prizes on the last night of the training at Ruttger’s. 

If your local has any items that they could contribute toward the door prizes, please have one of the participants from your local bring them to the training. It would be greatly appreciated!