What does the history of the U.S. look like when viewed from the point of view of those who built the country? The class reviews working class and labor history since the Civil War, but focuses (with films) on some key labor struggles such as the 1894 Pullman Strike; organizing in the mine and textile industries; the rise of the CIO and the autoworker sit-down strikes; the impact of McCarthyism on the labor movement; and the expansion of public sector unionization (1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike and the 1970 Postal Workers Strike).
This is a certificate program course offering. This six (6) class program is an introduction to the labor movement and builds toward a more intensive development of labor education. They are for current union leaders, new members, activists, union staff, people who want to meet people from other unions, and working people who want to learn about the labor movement. Because the kind of knowledge necessary for effective union membership and leadership is broad rather than narrow, we encourage people to take all six classes. Students who complete the sequence of six classes will receive a Certificate in Labor Studies from the Labor Education Program. All classes meet one day for eight hours on a Saturday. The fee per class is $150. However, the fee for students who enroll in two or more classes is $100. Unions which enroll a minimum of five students can also receive a discounted bloc rate.