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Labor ExtensioN Program

The Labor Extension Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a non-credit program providing training and education to Massachusetts workers, their unions, and other workers' organization. Our focus is on strengthening these organizations and increasing activism. Labor Extension programs are designed to help union and community activists, officers, and staff build the skills necessary to effectively advocate for the needs and concerns of the workforce through organizing, bargaining, contract administration, political action, and coalition work.

The Extension coordinator will work with your organization to design specific trainings to meet your specific needs. Open-enrollment, non-credit courses are also offered periodically to union and community members.

Some of the programs we have offered include:
• stewards' training
• preparation for bargaining
• organizing
• strategic planning
• leadership development
• developing member organizers
• mobilizing your members
• media strategy
• political action
• corporate research
• sexual harassment
• arbitration
• labor law
• workers' rights
• labor history
• Common Sense Economics
• public speaking
• talking about racism
• assertiveness

The Labor Extension Bulletin is published three times a year and lists program offerings around the state, as well as interesting educational resources and articles on current issues.

The Amherst program, while focusing primarily on Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties, is part of a state-wide effort, with additional Extension coordinators located on the Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses of the University. Call the coordinator nearest you to find out about current offerings or to discuss custom programs:


UMass Amherst
Dale Melcher
(413) 545-6166


UMass Dartmouth
Kim Wilson


UMass Boston
Tess Ewing


UMass Lowell
Susan Winning




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