News & Events

Dan Clawson (1948-2019)

The Labor Center joins the department of sociology, UMass Amherst, and the entire labor movement in grieving the loss of one of our own: Dan Clawson.

Dan’s professional reputation was as a scholar of work, the corporate elite, and organized labor. His research was foundational and hugely influential in sociology and labor studies.

But Dan was first and foremost an organizer. He was president of the faculty and librarians’ union at UMass Amherst and served in the leadership of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Undergraduate Journal on Work, Labor and Social Movements

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.

Labor Center now accepting applications for incoming graduate classes

It is time for us to continue the important work of training the next generation of labor leaders. Organized labor is under attack, but we are fighting back and winning: at Marriott, in Los Angeles, and across this country.

To continue that work, we must recruit, train, and place promising activists throughout the movement. To that end, the UMass Amherst Labor Center is now accepting applications to the incoming class of our residential and limited residency (ULA) Master’s programs.

Labor Center Responds to Nov 27 Sean Spicer Event at UMass Amherst

Labor Center students and staff walk out to resist climate of hate on campus

Sean Spicer represents a white nationalist vision of America and the world that we reject. The UMass Labor Center offers an alternative vision of solidarity that sees the struggle for economic justice as inseparable from the fight for racial justice and gender equity. We will demonstrate our displeasure with Mr. Spicer tomorrow, but we do that every day.

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