• WILD Summer Institute
    Anneta Argyres leads session
  • SEIU 888 Stewards Training
    watching a grievance hearing role play
  • Defending the Public Sector conference at UMass Dartmouth
    Economics workshop at UMD conference
  • 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

Susan Winning taught Leadership Skills at Northeast Women's Summer School
Susan Winning taught Leadership Skills at Northeast Women's Summer School

UMass LEP teach at Northeast Summer School for Union Women

Labor Extension coordinators taught at the recent 39th annual Northeast Summer School for Union Women, which took place at Queens College in late July.   

The theme of this successful program -- attended by over 120 women -- was Our Movement – Our World. Coordinators taught Leadership Skills, Collective Bargaining, and Building an Economy That Works for Us! an adaptation of the AFL-CIO Common Sense Economics curriculum.

See a few photos on our Photos page.

 

New Lynn Coalition stategy session participants, with Spanish interpreter
New Lynn Coalition stategy session participants, with Spanish interpreter

Strategic Planning session for New Lynn Coalition.

Susan Winning (UML) and Elvis Mendez from Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative facilitated a July session attended by representatives of all the member organization of the New Lynn Coalition.The New Lynn Coalition is a community/labor coalition on the North Shore that works for regional economic development that serves the residents of Lynn and revolves around social and ecological needs and concerns.  Increased civic engagement, and good jobs, where workers’ rights to form unions is seen as central to economic health and democracy and becomes a core principle protected by the local regime.

For more pictures, go to our Photos page.

Small Group Discussion, NSLC Education Conference
Small Group Discussion, NSLC Education Conference

North Shore Labor Council holds annual Education Conference.

This year’s conference, Take Back Our Economy, focused on economic inequality and how working people can make changes.  Susan Winning co- led plenary session with UMass Boston colleague Anneta Argyres. 

Workshops included:

  • Labor Builds the Economy which explored how labor and community groups are building the local economy with projects like a worker owned machinist co-operative and New Lynn’s economic development campaigns.
  • In Fighting Privatization union leaders shared stories about pushing back against privatization and improving public services for everyone.
  • Building Young Worker Power brought young workers together to share their experiences in unions and communities.
  • Organizing the Unorganized explored projects outside of traditional union organizing, such as workers centers and fast food worker strikes, which are helping raise wages and working conditions for all.
WILD 28th Annual Summer Institute
WILD 28th Annual Summer Institute

UMass Labor Extension plays major role in WILD Summer Institute

All four current staff, as well as 2 retired Coordinators, of UMass LEP played a major role in planning, organizing and teaching at the 28th annual Summer Institute of the Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), which was held at UMass Dartmouth June 20-22.

This year's Institute, whose theme was "Rise up for Social and Economic Justice”, brought together 111 women for a weekend of workshops designed to help them become more active members and leaders in their unions and organizations.

For more pictures, go to our photos page.

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