• SEIU 888 Stewards Training
    watching a grievance hearing role play
  • Defending the Public Sector conference at UMass Dartmouth
    Economics workshop at UMD conference
  • Week of the Brazilian worker in Boston
    Nat Tracy, Brazilian Immigrant Center, with Brazil's Minister of Labor Carlos Lupi
  • Rally for Temp Workers' Rights
  • Organizers' Roundtable
    IBEW and CWA organizers discuss Verizon strike
  • Popular Education for the MTA
  • UAW Region 9A Conference
    Defending the Public Sector: Framing and Messaging Workshop

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

North Shore Labor Council Education Conference

About 100 people packed into St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Lynn on Saturday, February 25 for the NSLC's 11th annual Education Conference. The UMass Labor Extension Program led 2 of the 3 workshops at the conference.

Summer School for Union Women comes to UMass Amherst

The 37th UALE Northeast Summer School for Union Women will be held at the UMass Amherst campus from Saturday, July 28 through Thursday, August 2, 2012.  Join us for an exciting week of labor education to deepen you understanding of the US labor movement, and strengthen your skills to be more active and effective in your union.

Follow this link for more information.

UMass Amherst Labor Center hosts conference on Labor's Agenda for Economic Development

Labor and community activists, researchers and policy makers came together to consider a labor agenda for economic development in Massachusetts.

WILD to Celebrate 25 Years

The Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) is planning a 25th Anniversary celebration, to take place on March 10 at the Boston Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund hall in Dorchester.

MA Labor Educators "Squaretable" meets to discuss popular education and the Occupy Movement

November 28: Almost 20 labor educators from across the state gathered today at the MTA offices in Auburn to share ideas and experiences and discuss ways to extend our work into new areas.

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