The class will discuss ways to educate, organize, and mobilize the members. We will review examples of how some locals have succeeded in transforming their unions. Topics include collective action around grievances; confronting and overcoming divisions such as over race, gender, or immigration status; responding to apathetic or anti-union members; organizing member-to-member action networks and contract campaigns; and building strategic campaigns and labor- community alliances.
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.