Friends of the Labor Education Center offer a Speaker's Bureau of local experts that are available to speak to your class, organization, community group or union by Zoom. We have speakers who can address issues of health care, education policy, women in leadership, people of color and unions, the role of the building trades, and political science and labor unions, among other topics. We also offer movies related to labor and we have a wide labor library in downtown New Bedford for reading or study.
For more information, or to request a speaker, please contact Kim Wilson, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lisa Lemieux, President
Greater SE Mass Labor Council
Lisa currently serves as the President of the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO). As an advocate, she focuses on the issues of all workers, equality for LGBTQIA+ workers,
and community structures that advance social and economic justice.
Lisa also serves as a Massachusetts State Committee Member for
the Massachusetts Democratic Party. Lisa is an Executive Board member of Women Institute for Leadership Development (WILD), and an Organizer with 1199SEIU.
James Pimental, Vice-President and Organizer
Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen Local 3 MA/ME/NH/RI
Jim is a 4th generation Union bricklayer. Besides his paying job, he serves in a variety of roles within the labor movement such as Secretary-Treasurer of the SE Mass Building Trades Council, Regional VP of the Greater SE Mass Labor Council and is a member of the MassHire Bristol Workforce Board. Jim is also the Clerk of the Somerset Zoning Board of Appeals. He is a strong advocate for inclusion of underrepresented segments of the community in higher paying jobs and is knowledgeable in the role of the building trades in regional economic development.
Dr. Ricardo D. Rosa, Associate Professor
UMassD Department of Public Policy
Dr. Ricardo D. Rosa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He is a community organizer and researcher who works with youth. He situates his work within the field of critical pedagogy within and beyond the boundaries of schools. His work also centers on the analysis of racialized capitalism from an intersectional lens.
James Snow, Retired Regional Director
Jim Snow is a lifelong labor leader and advocate for justice for workers, especially in the building trades. He served as the Commissioner of Labor and Industries under Governor Dukakis. Later in his career, Jim served as the Regional Director of the AFL-CIO Northeastern Region. Previous to that, he served as the Organizing Director for the Painters’ and Glaziers’ union. He is now consulting with the Labor Education Center to build the advisory board and to assist with issues related to the building trades and increasing access to union apprenticeship programs. Jim has worked hard to build the university’s mission to serve working class students and to build the Labor Education Center.
Camilo Viveiros, Labor Extension Specialist
UMassD Labor Education Center
Camilo is long time labor and community organizer from a working-class immigrant family in SE Mass. He is a first-generation student who graduated from UMass Dartmouth and is passionate about connecting students to workplace and local community struggles. In his work he uses popular education and social movement strategy based on decades of organizing and involvement in social movements. He has nearly 30 years of experience in offering training for unions, and for student and grassroots groups. Camilo has expertise in offering training on movement leadership and campaign development, methods of expanding participation, and base building, public narrative, power mapping and creative direct action.
Jerry Fishbein, Vice President
1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East
Jerry started his career in the labor movement as a representative for State Employees in Vermont before becoming an organizer for the ILGWU (later the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees), becoming the Southeast MA District Manager. Currently Jerry serves as Vice President of Local 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East. As an advocate for healthcare workers, Jerry is very knowledgeable regarding industry practices related to employees, building power within the community, and about how current events play a major role in the landscape of the labor movement.
Kim Wilson, Director
UMassD Labor Education Center
Kim has been working in the labor movement for nearly thirty years, beginning as a cafeteria worker organizing a union, to becoming an organizer for graduate employees at UMass Amherst and at UMass
Lowell. She worked for several years as a union representative for health care workers for the Service Employees Union in Boston. Kim has an undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College and a Master’s degree in Labor Studies from UMass Amherst. Kim currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) and before served on the boards of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice and as the President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH).
The Labor Education Center offers other resources to students and faculty.
We have a labor library open to all for reading and studying.
The library also contains newspaper clippings that are historic to local labor and immigration issues.
The library has videos available to be borrowed such as: Norma Rae, 9 to 5, Salt of the Earth, and Pride.
The library has books, also available for loan, which include the following topics:
- US Labor, Politics, and Economics
- Women and labor
- Labor History
- Issues of People of Color
- International Labor Issues
- Journals on Work and Labor
- Art reflecting labor and worker culture,
- including: murals, photography and literature
The Center is located in historic downtown New Bedford, at 257 Union Street. For more information, please feel free to reach us at (508) 910 - 7106, or by email through the University directory.