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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 2015-2016 brochure for schedule and registration information.  Contact us by e-mail or call 612-624-5020.

Minnesota Union Leadership Program

The Labor Education Service is presenting the 2015-2016 Minnesota Union Leadership Program beginning in September, 2015. Deadline to apply was June 1, 2015. 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 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 provides an on-going series of opportunities for working women to enhance their leadership skills and network on issues important to them. To participate in planning women’s events, contact the LES office, 612-624-5020 or e-mail us.

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 (2014) (1.09 MB)of MN Workers and Their Organizations
Labor History Timeline (Suitable for Printing)
Labor History Timeline (Timeline for Viewing)