UMass Labor Programs

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.

ATU TRAINING TO WIN

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.

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

UMass LEP teaches 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.

UMass Boston hosts International conference on labor organizing in Higher Ed

"The Future Of Labor Organizing In Higher Education" was the subject of an international conference held at UMass Boston Sept 30-Oct. 1. The conference was sponsored by UMass Boston Labor Resource Center, SEIU Local 615, the MTA, the AFT-MA.

"Defending the Public Sector" was the topic of UMass Dartmouth Conference

On September 10, the Arnold Dubin Labor Education Center at UMass Dartmouth held a highly successful conference on "Defending the Public Sector: Looking at the Impact of Race and Class and Forming Strategy for the Fight-back"

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