Labor Extension Program

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 At UMass Dartmouth, the Labor Extension Program has been very active working directly with unions, and other worker and community organizations.  We are here to help build organizations through skills training, strategic planning, and technical support.  The core of our work is in leadership development to build strong, democratic organizations.

Since 1995, the statewide 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.

What is the Labor Extension Program?

The  Labor Extension Program is a state wide effort, based in the UMass campuses at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell, to provide non-credit training and education to workers, their unions, and other workers' organizations. Our focus is on strengthening these organizations and increasing activism. Labor Extension programs are designed to help union and community activists, officers, and staff build the skills necessary to effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of the workforce and to organize the unorganized.

The Labor Extension Program helps unions and other worker organizations to 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. 

Scott Malloy, of the URI labor program, and Camilo Viverios lead a workshop on Public Speaking/Speaking to Organize 

How does the Labor Extension Program Work?

We offer programming in a variety of formats for individual unions, central labor councils, community-based organizations and individual union members and community activists. Our offerings include short courses, workshops, seminars, conferences, and special programs on a broad range of subject areas. We contract with unions and other workers' organizations to custom design programs for their members, officers and staff. We also offer open enrollment programs that anyone may attend for a small fee.

Finally, we provide assistance and support to labor organizations in the development and delivery of their own educational programs.

What Kinds of Programs do we offer

See the list below for workshop topics about workshops, classes and technical assistance that we offer. If you don't see your subject heading below, contact us; this list is not totally inclusive.

Stewards Training
Union officers training
Leadership Development
Getting Members Involved: Internal Organizing
Organizing the Unorganized
Popular Education
Contract Bargaining
Building Effective Campaigns
Internet Corporate Research for Organizing and Bargaining
Strategic Planning
The Future of Work
Media Strategies
Economic issues for unions and working people
Political Issues/Political Action
The Public Sector
Globalization/International Issues for Working People
Immigration
Diversity/ Fighting Discrimination
Sexual Harassment
Workplace Bullying
Health and Safety
Labor History
Public Speaking
Running Effective Meetings
Workers' Rights
Basic Labor Law
Basic Unionism

 ‌Around the state, the Labor Extension Coordinators are divided by region, as well as doing joint work across the state.

UMass Amherst Umass Dartmouth UMass Boston UMass Lowell
Clare Hammonds Camilo Viveiros Anneta Argyres Susan Winning
(413) 545-6166 (508)910-7108 (617)287-7352 (978)934-3127
chammonds@soc.umass.edu cviveiros@umassd.edu anneta.argyres@umb.edu susan.winning@uml.edu

ATU TRAINING TO WIN

The Labor Education Center (LEC) has recently lead a powerful and creative training for the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) in New Jersey (March 26, 2016). The training was conducted by the new labor educator Camilo Viveiros and the LEC Director Kim Wilson. The LEC team was honored to lead this training along with the help and support of a proud group of ATU leaders.

The ATU International and the NJ Locals are committed to providing training for ATU members. The goal is to build unity, knowledge and strength that will allow us to fight back against the organized efforts/campaigns that are looking to destroy us. 

We are pleased to share the following "ATU TRAINING TO WIN" video of the event.  

 

 

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