About the Center

Arnold M. Dubin Labor Education Center

In addition to our popular classes, we provide one-day conferences and workshops on many topics. We also design programs-held at UMass Dartmouth or at other locations-to meet the specific needs of local unions, labor councils or workers. In addition, the Center offers an extensive Workers Education Program with classes covering English for Speakers of Other Languages, high school equivalency preparation, and Adult Basic Skills instruction-at the worksite and other convenient meeting halls.The Labor Education Center is available to all the unions and labor councils in our region. It includes training for officers, members and stewards, and a statewide Labor Extension Program. The Massachusetts labor movement now has resources in UMass Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell to meet its training needs in new workplace technology, diversity, organizing (internal and external), and steward's training and other training that we can tailor to your needs.

Your solidarity has been important in our efforts in expanding the labor movement’s role in our communities and strengthening its role in our workplaces.


From our beginnings the Labor Center has been rooted in the struggle to provide educational opportunities for workers in our region. Arnold M. Dubin (Local 361, ILGWU), was pivotal in organizing the coalition that led to the establishment of the Southeastern Massachusetts Textile Institute which became Southeastern Mass. University then UMass Dartmouth. Our legacy was also forged out of focus on social justice and workers’ rights. We appreciate your support of our work in community struggles. You have helped us to extend beyond what has been narrowly defined as “labor issues”.

We have cultivated a multi-disciplinary approach that connects community and workplace issues such as women’s issues in the workplace, the future of work and the global economy, occupational health and safety, organizing, as well as using art to increase awareness of our labor history.

If you would like to know more about the Labor Education Center or have a specialized program that you would like us to set up to address your specific needs, please call us at (508) 910-7106, or email Kim Wilson at kwilson@umassd.edu.