Earning your master’s degree in Labor Studies at the UMass Labor Center puts you right at the center of the issues and debates around labor, work, and social justice.
For over fifty years, we have built one of the premiere graduate programs in Labor Studies in the United States. With a near 100% placement record, our graduates are in high demand to join our over 1,000 alumni in key position in the labor movement and social justice organizations.
Labor is changing. As the attacks on labor have intensified, unions have been taking bold new directions. They have also combined efforts with a wide variety of alt-labor organizations, building strong connections with new social movements in broad-based coalitions for justice. Become one of our graduates who are at the forefront of many of these new and exciting developments to build justice and dignity in the workplace and the community, here and abroad.
We are proud to launch the inaugural issue of the Undergraduate Journal on Work, Labor and Social Movements. The publication is a project of the Labor Extension Program of the University of Massachusetts system, and aims to foster a cross-campus conversation among undergraduate students at each UMass campus. This is a space for students to research trends in labor from historical, economic, and sociological perspectives; to explore the roles that labor and the labor movement play in their own lives and those of their peers; and to reflect on their own activism.
This year United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) scored a historic victory including caps on charter schools and class sizes, funds for hiring more counselors, librarians and nurses, and a 6 percent wage increase. The LA teachers showed that even in a post-Janus world member-to-member organizing can transform a union of 34,000 workers into a militant strike force.
Visions of Labor: Film and Worker Stories is a multi-faceted project that employs the power of worker stories, told through film and video, to inspire reflection and creative action. Put November 9-10, 2019 on your calendar.
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