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Labor Education Service

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.

State of the Unions

The State of the Unions 2018

Unions play a vital role in Minnesota’s economy and communities. The Minnesota labor movement, however, will continue to face both short- and long-term challenges due to the political environment, the makeup of the United States Supreme Court, and broader economic trends. Labor’s response to these challenges will define its influence and effectiveness in the years to come and will be critical to the survival of Minnesota’s middle class. State of the Unions 2018


Jill Manzo, Midwest Economic Policy Institute
Monica Bielski Boris, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Frank Manzo IV, M.P.P., Illinois Economic Policy Institute
Robert Bruno, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Danger, Educated Union Member

The 2018 Labor Skills Classes are underway

This semester: Public Employee Labor Relations Act, Collective Bargaining, Grievance Handling, Arbitration, and Labor and the Fight for $15, and Labor and Mass Incarceration

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

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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HRIR Information Session

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