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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

 

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.
KIm WIlson with Greater SE Mass Labor Council PResident Lisa Lemieux
KIm WIlson with Greater SE Mass Labor Council PResident Lisa Lemieux

Kim WIlson receives 2019 Award from AFT Local 1895

The Labor Extension program is very proud to announce that UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center Director Kim Wilson was the recipient of this year’s Bruce Sparfven ESU Service Award. With this award, the Educational Services Unit (ESU), AFT Local 1895, honors one of its members who has demonstrated outstanding service to both the local union and to the university.

The award was presented at an event on December 4, by fellow AFT 1895 member and Labor Center stafff Camilo Viveiros and Greater Southeastern Mass Labor Council President Lisa Lemieux.

Steward as Organizer
Steward as Organizer

Steward as Organizer: 3 session training in January 2020

The UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center and the Greater Southeastern Mass Labor Council will present a 3-part training on "Steward as Organizer" inJanuary. The sessions are aimed at both current union stewards and other workplace leaders.

Dates: Three Thrsday evenings: Jan. 16,  23, and 30
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Greater SE Mass Labor Council Hall at 560 Pleasant Street, New Bedford
Cost: $30 for all three sessions.

 

Visions of Labor: Film and Worker Voices

The UMass (Amherst) Labor Center invites you to join us November 8-10 for an exciting event, Visions of Labor: Film and Worker Voices. Together, as workers and social justice activists, we will watch and discuss labor films, along with worker-created videos, as we explore the power of worker stories and how these stories can be used to inspire reflection and spur creative action. You’ll also have the opportunity to get a sneak preview of a major labor film in-progress, and hear from the film’s award-winning director. The films and videos shown will reflect the diversity of the labor movement and working people, and our discussions together will highlight the many ways in which worker voices can be effectively heard.

You can download a flyer from the announcement for this event under the "Upcoming Events" tab

UMass Dartmouth hosts event celebrating history of Pride at Work in Provincetown Aug 24


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Stonewall Rebellion.
 

In commemoration of that historic occasion, the UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center, in collaboration with  Eastern Mass Pride at Work, held an event at the Provincetown Public Library on the afternoon of Saturday, August 24.  The Director of the Provincetown library provided an introduction and we thank them hosting the Labor Education Center for our first event at the library.

 

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