Labor Education Service (LES) 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.

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    2018 Midwest School for Women Workers: Renewing our Movement, Restoring our Democracy

    This year's Midwest School for Women Workers will be held at the University of Minnesota, June 25-28, 2018.

    ONLINE REGISTRATION available until June 1, 2018

    The 2018 Midwest School for Women Workers will bring together women, transfeminine, non-binary, and gender non-conforming workers from across the Midwest who want to renew our labor movement and restore our democracy. Workshops and plenary sessions will address a wide range of topics, including: broad-based organizing and engagement; racial and gender justice in the union and the workplace; the role of worker centers in our movement; sexual harassment and sexual violence in the union and at work; forming coalitions and community partnerships; and connecting the labor movement with other movements of resistance. Spanish/English interpretation will be available.

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  • Labor Studies Skills Classes: May 2018

    May 23 5:30 - 8:30 PM  -- Grievance Handling

    This course covers the basics of the union grievance procedure for stewards, leaders and activists.  We will discuss the how to’s of determining if something is a potential grievance, investigating a grievance, resolving the grievance at the first step, and writing a grievance. Register


    May 30 5:30 - 8:30 PM -- Janus & Right-to-Work: Understanding & Preparing for the Open Shop

    What is the history of so-called "right-to-work?" What are the possible outcomes in the Janus case, and what are their implications? How can unions survive and thrive in this aggressively anti-worker, anti-union legal climate? This class will introduce and examine labor law and labor history as they relate to right-to-work, and explore organizing tactics and strategies proven to work in open shops. Register

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    2018-19 Minnesota Union Leadership Program

    Now in its ninth year, the Minnesota Union Leadership Program (MULP) helps unions develop and strengthen leaders, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges facing the labor movement.

    The 2018-19 brochure and application can be downloaded here. Registration deadline is July 13, 2018.

     

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    Filiberto Nolasco Gomez is the new Editor of Workday Minnesota

    Workday Minnesota is a project of the Labor Education Service. It began publishing in the summer of 2000 with support from Minnesota's labor community. It was the first on-line labor news publication in the United States. Since then Workday has won many awards and has grown to be a trusted source for news about workers, the economy, worker organizations and our communities.

    On January 8, 2018, Filiberto Nolasco Gomez, M.A., Latin American History, joined LES as the new Editor of Workday, succeeding the founding editor, Barb Kucera.

    Growing up in a working-class Mexican community in eastern Los Angeles Filiberto was observant of the grind his parents and community members went through to fulfill their daily needs and fight to live with dignity. These insights led to an extensive breadth of union experience having worked with UNITE HERE Local 11, UAW 2865 and SEIU 284. Determined to tell stories that media ignores he started his own media company El Huateque five year ago quickly becoming a platform of expression and commentary. His writing and podcasts have drawn attention to abusive dynamics within the music industry, new slumlord of South Minneapolis, gentrification in Los Angeles and the struggles of everyday latinx people. He is excited to leverage the scope of these experiences to sustain and expand the vision and breadth of Workday Minnesota.

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. For more information call 612-624-5020 or e-mail les@umn.edu

Minnesota Union Leadership Program

Now in its ninth year, the Minnesota Union Leadership Program (MULP) helps unions develop and strengthen leaders, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges facing the labor movement.  

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.

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