• 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

UMass Dartmouth Labor Educaiton Awards Evening October 28

The 46th Annual Arnold M. Dubin Awards Evening will take place Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:00pm by Zoom This annual event honors those who spend their days fighting for workers.

To protect our community, we will be meeting online this year and it promises to be a meaningful and fun night!

Please register for free and visit the donation page to attend and donate to the event.

Summer Week of Justice
Summer Week of Justice

Summer Week of Justice 2021: Aug. 22-31 a week of Solidarity with the UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center

Are you interested in making a difference this summer? Join other students, recent grads, local social and economic justice activists for a week this summer from August 22- August 31.

The UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center is offering stipends to select students the week before the fall semester starts to engage in our communities; work directly with organizations doing social and economic justice work; and participate in sessions on the labor movement and workshops about organizing. 

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.

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