• 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

Coming Up: Online Training on Education Justice

In late Sept or Oct, the UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center will hold an online participatory training for teachers, parents, and activists on education justice.  It will be co-led by Community Labor United and address the roots of education injustice and how to work together for social change and fairness. For more information, contact Kim Wilson or Camilo Viveiros

 

Frontline workers forum
Frontline workers forum

Frontline Workers Forum Bares Stress, Courage, and Action

The UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center sponsored an online forum on June 5 to discuss the challenges they face working in frontline, essential jobs during the COVID-19 epdemic. The Greater SE Mass Labor Council was co-sponsor. 

There were 1-minute video reports from a rank and file members first about conditions faced on the job. Panelists included workers in the grocery, nursing home and hospital industries, as well as spokespeople from the unions that represent these workers. The three unions taking the lead were UFCW Local 328, the MNA and SEIU 1199. Camilo Viveiros was the moderator.

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.

Read more about the forum here.

The event was recorded, and can be seen 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.

Practicing Union Activism Remotely

 

On  April 9, The UMass Dartmouth Labor Educaiton Center held an online panel and discussion on ways our Massachusetts unions are working together for power in light of the COVID- 19 crisis.

Speakers were:

Beth Kontos, President, American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts

Bob Bower, Special Advisor to the President of the Mass AFL-CIO

Ethan Snow, Chief of Staff, New England Joint Board, UNITE-HERE

We ended with a statewide update from Steve Tolman

 

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