• 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

New Bulletin available

The Spring 2019 issue of the Labor Extension Bulletin is already available for download from this site. The lead article discusses the #MeToo movement and what it means for the labor movement. The issue also includes a special download on the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Law of 2018. See the "Publications" section.

WILD teacher training

On February 9, Susan Winning (UML) and Anneta Argyres (UMB) led an all-day workshop for womwn planning to teach at the Summer Institute of the Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD). The workshop encompassed  both theory and practical application of "popular education", a methodoogy that encourages participants to work together to solve their problems and promote social change. See pictures in our Photos section.

Women's Institute for Leadership Development (WILD seeks Interim Organizing Director (part-time)

The Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) seeks a dynamic organizer to work in collaboration with the active, engaged, working Board of Directors to advance WILD’s mission of strengthening the number, influence and diversity of women in the Massachusetts labor movement, and building an awareness of all issues of oppression within the movement.

Women’s Fund Grant funds train-the-trainers on workers rights for immigrant women

In recent years the Labor Education Center has created and maintained a focus on women’s issues.  Springing from this focus is an exciting new venture in which the Labor Education Center will collaborate with the Community Economic Development Center of New Bedford under the terms of a grant from the Women’s Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts. 

 

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