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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    2017-18 Minnesota Union Leadership Program

    Registration ended July 14.

    Now in its eighth 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. 

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    Roundtable exposes extent of wage theft

    On April 26, 2017, we hosted a roundtable of workers, legislators, and community activists about the issue of Wage Theft. The meeting was held in the Honeywell Auditorium and was chaired by Minnesota's Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith. Our media colleague, Steve Share, editor of the Minneapolis Labor Review, wrote a story about the event that he has graciously allowed us to share.

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    2017 Women & Femmes Retreat focuses on building power

    The 2017 Minnesota Union Women & Femmes Retreat April 19-21 was at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge & Conference Center near Brainerd. This is the fifth retreat offered by LES since 2009. Under the theme, “Using Our Experiences & Identities to Build Power,” the Retreat was opened to anyone who, in whole or in substantial part, locates themselves on the feminine side of the spectrum, including non-binary, gender non-conforming, genderfluid, genderqueer, two-spirit and transfeminine people.

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    Canadian scholars collaborate with the Who Built Our Capitol project to study French Canadian stone workers

    Two Canadian historical researchers met with the Who Built Our Capitol (WBOC) project director Randy Croce and researcher John Sielaff at the University of Minnesota on March 30 to share information on French Canadian stone artisans who worked on the construction of the Minnesota State Capitol.​

Labor Studies Skills Courses

2016-17 Labor Studies Skills Brochure (4.86 MB), 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 les@umn.edu.

Minnesota Union Leadership Program

Now in its eighth 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. Runs from October 2017 through May 2018.  Deadline to apply for the 2017-18 is July 14, 2017.  

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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