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UMass Lowell Labor Education Program to celebrate 25 year anniversary

On May 30, the UMass Lowell Labor Education Program will celebrate its 25 year history with a gala event including musicc, hors d'euvres and a cash bar.

The event will also honor current Director Susan Winning, who will be retiring this summer.

For more information, see the Events listing at top right of this page.

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. 

 

The Dubin Center's 43d year
The Dubin Center's 43d year

UMass Dartmouth Dubin Awards Banquet - October 18th

For the 43rd year since its inception, the Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center will have our awards banquet at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, MA.  Mark your calendar! 

Please join us at our annual awards banquet.  It's a great opportunity to meet fellow activists and leaders and to honor our heroes.  This event is attended by 200 union and community participants and is the largest gathering of labor supporters in SE Massachusetts.  We will share an evening in solidarity as we face the challenges ahead together. 

2018 James Green Memorial Lecture and People's History Walking Tour of Boston, October 20

The UMass Boston Labor Resource Center is  pleased to announce our second annual James Green Memorial Lecture and People's History Walking Tour of Boston!
 
Please join us on Saturday, October 20, at 9:30 am, for our lecture featuring Margaret R. Sullivan, Records Manager and Archivist for the Boston Police Department.  She will be presenting "The 1919 Boston Police Strike: Researching the Men Behind the Strike."
 
The walking tour will begin at 10:30 am, and return to Democracy Brewing by 1 pm.
 

Lowell event to focus on low-wage workers fighting for a better life

Join the UML Labor Education Program and the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council Sept. 20

“WE ARE ALL FAST-FOOD WORKERS NOW: The Global Uprising Against Poverty Wages”

"A NEW GLOBAL LABOR MOVEMENT IS AWAKENING." So writes historian Dr. Annelise Orleck in her most recent book, in which she tells the stories of activists in low-wage fields. From Walmart workers to farmers, from the textile factories of Bangladesh to McDonalds' around the world, workers are coming together to challenge the iniquities of a globalized economy.

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.

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