About Labor Education Service

Our philosophy

  • At the Labor Education Service, we believe every worker deserves dignity and respect — and unions are the best vehicle for achieving that goal.
  • We believe education is not a luxury — it's a necessity if the labor movement is to grow and meet the challenges of the 21st century.
  • We believe workers and unions should have access to quality educational programming through the state's major public university — the same access to public resources that corporations enjoy.


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. The mission of the Labor Education Service is to equip workers, union officials and labor organizations with the knowledge-based tools to protect and advance their rights and responsibilities in a changing global socio-economic environment. Through these efforts, the Labor Education Service fosters economic vitality, ethical relations, and social justice in the workplace, at home and in the community.

What we offer

Getting ready for bargaining? Organizing new members? Mobilizing for elections? Whatever your needs, LES staff can help. We can develop and implement a comprehensive educational plan -- or fill in the gaps in your current programs and services.

Our programs include:

Training tailored to your members on a range of topics
Facilitation and other organizational development services

Unique training for new and emerging leaders

Traditional "nuts & bolts" training open to all workers

Film screenings, panel discussions and more
Labor in the Schools curriculum

Documentary, training, promotional and Web videos
Website development and other online tools
Workday Minnesota website

On-going series of opportunities for working women to enhance
their leadership skills and network on issues important to them.


To receive regular updates about our programs through our monthly e-newsletter, call 612-624-5020 or email us.

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