Welcome to the UMass Amherst Labor Center!
We are home to a unique set of programs focused on economic justice, labor movements, working people and their organizations in the United States and around the world.
We offer two Master’s Degree programs in Labor Studies: a traditional in-residence program, and a limited-residency program in Union Leadership and Administration (ULA) for staff and activists who work full time anywhere in the world. Both programs focus on the big issues facing workers – rising inequality, low wages, legal and political challenges, shrinking union density, discrimination based on racism, sexism, xenophobia and homophobia, and more – and also provide the analysis and skills necessary to be proactive toward workers’ rights and justice.
In addition to our academic programs, the Labor Center is home to an outstanding applied research program, as well as outreach and labor extension in the community and the region. In 2014 the Labor Center celebrated our 50th anniversary, and we are proud of our friends and alumni working for social justice all over the world. Learn more about our programs and join us!