• 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

Frontline workers forum
Frontline workers forum

Frontline Workers Forum Bares Stress, Courage, and Action

The UMass Dartmouth Labor Educaiton Center sponsored an online forum on June 5 to discuss the challenges they face working in frontline, essential jobs during the COVID-19 epdemic. Panelists included workers in the grocery, nursing home and hospital industries, as well as spokespeople from the unions that represent these workers.

Some of the issues raised were, fighting to get adequate PPE (personal protective equipment) and hazard pay for workers, overwork and stress caused by staff shortages, and the effects of racism, which has intensified the harms caused by the virus in communities of color.

Rea more about the forum here.

 

Labor Extension goes Virtual during COVID Epidemic

Since the COVID-19 epidemic hit, the UMass Labor Extension Program, like every other program that is not considered "essentail", has had to discontinue providing in-person educational events.

But that has not stopped us from pursuing our mission in other ways. We have held on-line webinars (such as the Frontline Workers Forum, above) and workshops, and will continue to do so, at least until it becomes safe to meet in person again.

We are always available to design and facilitate online workshops for your union or organization. We are also planning open enrollment sessions on various topics. These webinars will be announced on this page, so keep checking back for updates.

UMass Labor Extension Program leads SEIU 509 Chpater Presidents Retreat

UMass Labor Extension ran a two-day retreat for chapter presidents of SEIIU Local 509 on February 28-29. Leading the retreat were Anneta Argyres (UMass Boston), Clare Hammonds (UMass Amherst) and Elizabeth Pellerito (UMass Lowell).

There were about 15 participants, all chapter leaders from both the public and private sectors.

The focus of the 2 day workshop was on developing a plan for increasing activism within each chapter, which included developing a vision, mapping each chapter, and reframing member issues as public good demands.
 

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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.
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