Registration for 2016-17 is OPEN! Download the application.

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 except for Introduction to the Labor Movement, which is offered online. New this year is a course on “The Labor Movement & Mass Incarceration." Room locations will be sent to you when we confirm registration. 
For more information, download the flier and application.

To enroll in one or more Labor Studies Skills Courses, print and complete the application (PDF) and mail it, along with payment, to:
Labor Education Service
312 19th Ave. S., Room 3-300
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Here is the 2016-2017 schedule for courses in the Twin Cities:

Fall 2016

Basic Steward Training
Saturday, October 29, 2016 
9:00am to 4:00pm

This course is designed for new stewards and members who want to become a steward. Topics covered include a steward’s rights, roles, and responsibilities; how to conduct a grievance investigation; writing and presenting grievances; and day-to-day problem solving. 
Registration deadline: Friday, October 21, 2016

Collective Bargaining 1 & 2
Saturday, November 12, 2016 (Collective Bargaining 1)
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (Collective Bargaining 2)
9:00am to 4:00pm

This two-session course is for new bargaining committee members and others who want to understand the process of bargaining a contract.  We will cover preparing for bargaining, including surveying members and conducting bargaining research; creating proposals and counterproposals; negotiations tactics and strategies; and building power through member and community engagement. The second session features a collective bargaining simulation that allows participants to put their new skills into practice.
Registration deadline: Friday, November 4, 2016

Winter/Spring 2017

Introduction to the Labor Movement 
January 30 - March 31, 2017

This online, 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 for the labor movement.
Registration deadline: Friday, January 20, 2017


The Labor Movement & Mass Incarceration
Saturday, April 22, 2017
10:00am to 3:00pm

Over the past 30 years, the number of people who are incarcerated in the U.S. has grown from 300,000 to over 2.2 million, disproportionately impacting communities of color and poor people. Meanwhile, labor unions represent thousands of workers who staff the jails, prisons, and detention facilities across the United States. Although the labor movement and the movement to end mass incarceration appear to be at odds, this course will examine the common ground between the two movements and explore possible avenues for collaboration.
Registration deadline: Friday, April 14, 2017


Advanced Grievance Handling
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
5:30pm to 8:30pm

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. 
Registration deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017


Tuition for all courses is $50 per class. To register, email the LES office or call 612-624-5020.