The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) began in 2003 as a partner to the NYS AFL-CIO and Area Labor Federations to provide workforce training and education services to regional and local unions. Our role has since evolved and we now focus more broadly on the growth and retention of good jobs in NYS through a variety of mechanisms. Our work is often accomplished through partnerships and collaborations with businesses, unions, other non-profits, educational institutions, and government.