You can download curricula for workshops developed by the UMass Labor Extension Program from here. We encourage you to use these materials, modify or add to them as needed, but ask that you please credit the University of Massachusetts Labor Extension Program. None of these materials, nor their products or derivatives, may be sold or used commercially.
The curricula are described below. To download them, follow the link in the text, or access them directly from the menu tab.
"The Boss Can't Do That, Can He?" is a 10-module curriculum for teaching Workers Rights, based on Massachusetts law. The curriculum is approximately ten hours long when all parts are used, but it can be broken up into smaller pieces. Individual topic modules range from 45 minutes to two hours.
The facilitator's notes, the flipcharts and the handouts for the modules are posted below and may be downloaded. Many of the modules have been revised since the initial version. Revision dates are noted. Updated modules and materials will be posted as they are developed.
Participant materials (but not facilitator outlines) are available in Spanish, as well as English. A Portuguese version is being prepared, and will be uploaded section by section as it becomes ready.
Download "The Boss Can't do that, Can He?" here.
"Changing the Future of Work: A Workers' Approach" is a two-part workshop that analyzes changes in our workplaces and develops an action agenda to respond.
Changes in the nature of work -- new technologies, work restructuring, more temp work, outsourcing -- are growing without much advice or consent from working people. This workshop helps workers find the best places to win short-term struggles and build long-term power, using research from the Future of Work project and the direct experiences of participants.
Download Changing the Future of Work: A Workers' Approach here
Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: WILD Organizers' Training
This workshop was developed by former and current LEP staff at WILD (Women's Institute for Leadership Development) for the Mass. Coalition for Domestic Workers. The objective of the workshop is to train domestic workers and their advocates on how to use the new (2014) Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to solve workplace problems of domestic workers, and as an organizing tool. Since a large proportion of domestic workers in Massachusetts are Latina or Brazilian, curriculum was developed in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Download the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights: WILD Organizers' Training here.