• 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

Mass. Labor Educators Meet to share ideas and currculum on labor and environmental justice

The LEP coordinated a meeting of 10+ labor educators to share information about our work to get ideas for future work.  Participants came from Pride at Work, AFT, MTA, and MassCOSH.  There were three speakers, from SEIU, the Sierra Club and UMass Boston LEP/MTA.
KIm WIlson with Greater SE Mass Labor Council PResident Lisa Lemieux
KIm WIlson with Greater SE Mass Labor Council PResident Lisa Lemieux

Kim WIlson receives 2019 Award from AFT Local 1895

The Labor Extension program is very proud to announce that UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center Director Kim Wilson was the recipient of this year’s Bruce Sparfven ESU Service Award. With this award, the Educational Services Unit (ESU), AFT Local 1895, honors one of its members who has demonstrated outstanding service to both the local union and to the university.

The award was presented at an event on December 4, by fellow AFT 1895 member and Labor Center stafff Camilo Viveiros and Greater Southeastern Mass Labor Council President Lisa Lemieux.

Steward as Organizer
Steward as Organizer

Steward as Organizer: 3 session training in January 2020

The UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center and the Greater Southeastern Mass Labor Council will present a 3-part training on "Steward as Organizer" inJanuary. The sessions are aimed at both current union stewards and other workplace leaders.

Dates: Three Thrsday evenings: Jan. 16,  23, and 30
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Greater SE Mass Labor Council Hall at 560 Pleasant Street, New Bedford
Cost: $30 for all three sessions.

 

Visions of Labor: Film and Worker Voices

The UMass (Amherst) Labor Center invites you to join us November 8-10 for an exciting event, Visions of Labor: Film and Worker Voices. Together, as workers and social justice activists, we will watch and discuss labor films, along with worker-created videos, as we explore the power of worker stories and how these stories can be used to inspire reflection and spur creative action. You’ll also have the opportunity to get a sneak preview of a major labor film in-progress, and hear from the film’s award-winning director. The films and videos shown will reflect the diversity of the labor movement and working people, and our discussions together will highlight the many ways in which worker voices can be effectively heard.

You can download a flyer from the announcement for this event under the "Upcoming Events" tab

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