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Labor Education Service

The Labor Education Service (LES) of the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, Carlson School of Management is the primary educational outreach component of the Land Grant University of Minnesota serving working men and women of the state and region in the areas of labor relations and labor studies. Through these efforts, the Labor Education Service fosters economic vitality, ethical relations, and social justice in the workplace, at home and in the community.

Labor Studies Skills Courses

These non-credit courses provide a foundation in "nuts & bolts" areas important to working people. Classes are open to all. Sessions are held on the West Bank of the University's Minneapolis campus. Download the 2014-2015 brochure. For more info, e-mail or call 612-624-5020.

Minnesota Union Leadership Program

The Labor Education Service is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Minnesota Union Leadership Program, which begins in September. Deadline to apply is June 1. Through six in-depth sessions scheduled over nine months, participants study the labor movement and discuss how to address the challenges facing unions today. Learn more about MULP and download a brochure and application here

Media Services

The Labor Education Service is unique among American labor education programs in offering an array of general and customized media services. They include video production, Internet services and the Workday Minnesota website.

Women's Programs

The Labor Education Service is proud to offer the 2015 Minnesota Union Women’s Retreat from April 22-24 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge and Conference Center near Brainerd. Registration for the retreat has closed. Learn more about the retreat here

Customized Training

LES offers customized education to union locals, councils and districts in a broad number of subject areas, all specifically tailored to your union's and members' needs. We are available to bring the education to you or offer training in an on-campus setting. Training is also available in any number of time formats: weekdays/evenings or weekends.



Chronology of MN Workers and Their Organizations
Labor History Timeline (print quality)
Labor History Timeline (suitable for viewing)