News & Events

Statement Condemning Recent Racist Incidents at UMass Amherst


The UMass Labor Center joins in the widespread condemnation of the treatment of people of color on this campus and campuses across the country. Bigotry promotes intolerable working conditions. It trades in the idea that one group of people is any better than another. When we go to the bargaining table, we demand that management treat us with respect, and we demand the same respect when one of us, irrespective of our background, enters the workplace or studies to enter the workforce.

New Labor Center Working Paper on the State of Labor and Employment in Massachusetts

A new Working Paper on The State of Labor and Employment in Massachusetts is now available from the Labor Center. Authored by David Pihl, Jasmine Kerrissey, and Tom Juravich, this report examines the changing nature of employment, unionization rates, the union wage difference between union and non-union workers, union organizing activity, and a number of union campaigns from the past year. 

A Larger, More Diverse ULA

Group photo of some of the ULA students.

Our Summer ULA residency was held July 16-26 at UMass Amherst.

Students laughing in class.

With more than 50% increase over our average enrollment over the past four sessions, 28 students joined us from across the continent. Seven new students joined us for the first time, some earning scholarships to support their learning.

Labor Center hosts 42nd Annual UALE Northeast Summer School for Women in Unions and Workers Organizations

Photo of attendees.

The University of Massachusetts was proud to host the 42nd Annual UALE Northeast Summer School for Women in Unions and Workers Organizations.

The bi-lingual program was held on campus from July 22-July 26 and brought together over 130 participants from around the region to participate in skill building workshops, cultural activities, and educational sessions on current labor challenges, taught and shared by labor educators, union staff and officers, and worker organization activists.

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