2015-16 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. Room locations will be sent to you when we confirm registration. For more information call 612-624-5020 or e-mail les@umn.edu. The brochure for 2015-16 is here.

Fall 2015

Addressing Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment 
September 19, 2015  
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Taught by Monica Bielski Boris 

Respect and dignity on the job is key for the well being of all workers. This course covers how to identify workplace bullying and sexual harassment. We will also explore the impacts bullying and sexual harassment have on the workplace and the roles unions can play in terms of prevention and responsiveness. Tuition is $50. Registration & payment deadline is September 11, 2015.


Introduction to the Labor Movement (Classroom)
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Taught by Monica Bielski Boris

This introductory class provides an overview of the labor movement--its successes and challenges--in a global context. Learn the structure, organization and evolution of the movement while exploring the impact of union membership on workers and discussing future directions for the labor movement. Tuition is $50. Registration & payment deadline is October 16, 2015


Social Media for Organizing and Mobilizing
Saturday, November 7, 2015
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Taught by John See and Russell Raczkowski

The labor movement has always faced the challenge of adopting new media and technologies. This class explores issues around the use of those technologies in society, and looks at issues that arose with their use in organizing, mobilizing, and communicating over the years. Emphasis will be on modern developments, particularly social media that developed after the invention of the Internet, with an eye on practical application and future possibilities. In the Carlson School Media Lab L-117. Tuition is $50. Registration & payment deadline is November 4, 2015. 


People Power: Building Union Strength Through Member Engagement 
Saturday, December 5, 2015  
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Taught by Russell Raczkowski 

For over two decades, the labor movement has followed a path from a “business model” of unionism toward practices embracing organizing, relationship building, and member involvement. This course traces the challenges faced on this journey and practical lessons learned along the way. Throughout this interactive session, we will identify and explore effective methods of organizing that workers and unions can employ to build capacity and power. Tuition is $50. Registration deadline November 27, 2015.

Winter/Spring 2016 

ONLINE COURSE: 
Introduction to the Labor Movement
Mondays in February
Taught by Russell Raczkowski 

You’ll be able to participate from anywhere, at times convenient to you. This introductory class provides an overview of the labor movement—its successes and challenges—in a global context. Learn the structure, organization and evolution of the movement, the impact of union membership on workers and communities and discuss future directions. Tuition is $50. Registration & payment deadline is January 16, 2015. More information on how to access the online course will be sent after registration. 

Collective Bargaining 1 & 2 
Saturday, January 23, 2016               Collective Bargaining 1 of 2
Saturday, January 30, 2016               Collective Bargaining 2 of 2
Time 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Taught by Monica Bielski Boris (first session) and Russell Raczkowski and Amy Livingston (second session)

This two-session course is for new bargaining committee members and unionists wanting to understand the process of bargaining a contract.  We will cover preparing for bargaining including surveying members and conducting research; bargaining at the table; and building power through member and community engagement. The second session features a collective bargaining simulation that allows participants to practice the skills learned. Tuition is $100. Registration & payment deadline is January 15, 2016.           

Basic Steward Training 
Saturday, February 27, 2016
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Taught by Amy Livingston 

This course is designed for the new steward or member who wants to become a steward. Emphasis will be placed on stewards’ roles, rights, and duties; grievance investigation, writing, presentation; and day-to-day problem solving. Tuition is $50. Registration & payment deadline is February 19, 2016.

Added for May, 2016:

Advance Grievance Handling
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Taught by Monica Bielski Boris

This course is designed for union stewards and leaders involved in the grievance process who want to improve their ability to investigate, present and write grievances. It is a more advanced class that will build on the skills learned in basic steward training. 

Cost is $50. To register, email the LES office or call 612-624-5020. Tuition is $50.

For more info, e-mail les@umn.edu or call 612-624-5020. This information will also be posted on WorkdayMinnesota.