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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    2017 Minnesota Union Women & Femmes Retreat

    “Using Our Experiences & Identities to Build Power” 

    The Minnesota Union Women & Femmes Retreat is part of a series of programs sponsored by the Labor Education Service to foster greater participation by women and femmes in their workplaces, unions and communities. These educational events are developed with input from labor leaders and activists. Learn More about the Retreat and to register and reserve rooms online here.

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    Collective Bargaining 1 & 2

    Our next Basic Labor Skills course is open for registration.

    Tuesdays, March 7, 14, and 21. 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

    This 3-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 course features a collective bargaining simulation that allows participants to put their new skills into practice. Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Tuition is $100

Labor Studies Skills Courses

Registration for 2016-17 is OPEN! Download the application, or register online.

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

Minnesota Union Leadership Program

Running from October 2016 through May 2017, this unique educational program helps unions and related organizations develop and strengthen leaders, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to address the challenges facing the labor movement. Deadline to apply for the 2016-17 program ended June 20.  

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.