Why Study for a Master's Degree in Labor Studies?
Given the challenges labor leaders, staff, and activists face in
today's economy, why take the time to study for a Master's degree in
Labor Studies in the Union Leadership and Administration (ULA) program
at the University of Massachusetts Amherst? Shouldn't you be out there
organizing new members and getting ready for the next round of
bargaining? With the battle that labor is in right now, how can your
union afford the time or money to have you engaged in advanced study?
1. Learn the Latest Approaches and Techniques
Unions are now using many exciting, innovative new approaches in a
number of areas, including organizing and strategic bargaining
campaigns. Our faculty all have a unique combination of academic
training and union experience, so exploring the latest, most innovative
approaches in class with them can have a direct and immediate impact on
what you are doing in your union.
2. Explore New Areas of Expertise
Union leaders, staff, and activists are increasingly being asked to
have expertise in a number of areas. Our Master's program in Labor
Studies provides a quick and cost effective way to expand the knowledge
base of your union. Folks involved in collective bargaining can benefit
by coming up to speed in organizing, and organizers can be more
effective after studying basic corporate research.
3. Gain a Broader, Strategic Perspective
In addition to learning new techniques, having an opportunity to step
back and think more broadly about the issues can also help you
reinvigorate your approach to work and your union. Being exposed to new
ideas in class, as well as from your colleagues from a variety of other
unions, will help you gain this wider perspective.
4. Put Your New Knowledge to Work Right Away
We've designed the ULA program so that you put your knowledge to work
immediately for your union. For example, in our Labor Research class,
you learn about survey research and strategic corporate research. In
their very first semester, some students have conducted important
surveys for their locals, while others have researched employers in
preparation for bargaining and organizing. In our organizing class,
students frequently design organizing plans for their local or analyze
organizing victories or defeats. We use this approach in most of our
courses, allowing students to provide important services to their
unions right away.