• Teaching the teachers for WILD
    Dietra, Joanie and Latia enjoy a moment
  • NS CLC Education Conference
    Small group discussions at the Ed Con
  • PASS Organizers training
    Professional Aviation Safety Specialists
  • Defending the Public Sector conference at UMass Dartmouth
    Economics workshop at UMD conference
  • WILD Summer Institute
    Anneta Argyres leads session
  • SEIU 888 Stewards Training
    watching a grievance hearing role play
  • Rally for Temp Workers' Rights
  • Popular Education for the MTA

UMass Labor Extension Program

The UMass. Labor Extension Program is a state wide effort, based in the UMass campuses at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell, to provide training and education to workers, their unions, and other workers' organizations. The focus of the program is on strengthening these organizations, increasing activism, and building the skills necessary to effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of the workforce.

Since 1995, the Labor Extension Program has provided hands-on training and technical assistance to workers, union members and community organizations to help them fully and effectively represent an increasingly diverse membership, to train a new generation of union leaders to face the challenges of the future, and to prepare all workers, organized and unorganized to exercise their full rights in the work place and the community.

While our educational sessions are as diverse as the participants we attract, one simple principle unites everything we do: linking education with action to build a stronger labor movement.

News and Announcements

UMass Boston LRC Conference to Address Labor, Power and Beating Back Trump

How can Labor beat back Trump's agenda? This is the fundamental question being asked in the conference that the Labor Resource Center is planning for Saturday, April 14, at UMass Boston. Prominent speakers from across the country -- and Canada-- have already been lined up, and registration is open. For more information, click on the "Upcoming Events" listing at the top left of the page.

The Truth about Privatization

Since the 1980s, state and local governments have been actively engaged in sending public services to the private sector. Proponents of this privatization process argue that the introduction of competitive market pressures to the public sphere will drive prices down, leading to the more efficient provision of public services. While at first glance there may be a certain logic to this theory, thirty years of privatization has proven the reality to be quite different.

Note: This article is from the Spring, 2016 Labor Extension Bulletin. To download the whole Bulletin, click here.


The Labor Education Center (LEC) has recently lead a powerful and creative training for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in New Jersey (March 26, 2016). The training was conducted by the new labor educator Camilo Viveiros and the LEC Director Kim Wilson. The LEC team was honored to lead this training along with the help and support of a proud group of ATU leaders.

The ATU International and the NJ Locals are committed to providing training for ATU members. The goal is to build unity, knowledge and strength that will allow us to fight back against the organized efforts/campaigns that are looking to destroy us.

You can see a short video with clips from this interactive workshop here.

Susan Winning and Anneta Argyres lead teacher training
Susan Winning and Anneta Argyres lead teacher training

UMass LEP leads teacher training for WILD

On Saturday, June 4, Anneta Argyres (UMass Boston) and Susan Winning (UMass Lowell) trained the women who are going to teach the advanced leadership class at the Wolmen's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) this summer.

WILD offers 2 levels of leadership training, A and B. Leadership B, the advanced level, changes every year to focus on different aspects of leadership. This way, women can return to WILD and learn new things every time. UMass LEP personnel have always played an important role in writing the curriculum for the workshops, and then training the teachers in the new curriculum.

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