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Labor Education Program

The Labor Education Program is excited to offer extension courses online this summer. New courses will be offered during June and July. All classes will take place on Zoom Meetings. After registering for the course, students will be sent an email invite with information about how to join the sessions. Classes will range from $75 to $150 depending on the length of the course. Unions registering 5 or more members will receive a 2 for 1 price on all classes offered. Visit today to register. We look forward to working with you this summer!

Labor Law/Sexual Harassment Law: $75

Letter to the Editor: $75

Recent Labor Struggles: $150

Listening to Labor History: $150

Registration and payment deadlines:

June Courses: Wednesday, May 27

July Courses: Wednesday, July 8


Sexual Harassment Law 101

Sexual Harassment Law 101 is a brief survey course that will provide students with a solid introduction and deeper critical analysis of essential Constitutional rights, statutes, regulations, and case law, including foundational U.S. Supreme Court cases, related to the laws governing workplace sexual harassment in this country.

  • Monday, June 1 (12:00-1:00 p.m.):  Labor Law 101
  • Monday, June 15 (12:00-1:00 p.m.):  Labor Law 101

Labor Law 101

Labor Law 101 is a brief survey course that will provide students with a solid introduction and deeper critical analysis of essential Constitutional rights, statutes, regulations, and case law related to private sector employment in this country and the National Labor Relations Act.

  • Monday, June 8 (12:00-1:00 p.m.):  Sexual Harassment Law 101
  • Monday, June 22 (12:00-1:00 p.m.):  Sexual Harassment Law 101

Listening to Labor History at Lunch

This lunchtime course examines U.S. labor history through an investigation of some of the greatest songs of the last century. Each class meeting, conducted over Zoom from 12:00 to 1:00, uses a single song as a jumping-off point into a larger investigation of workers’ struggles for justice. The class culminates in a collective “mixtape” assignment, where all participants collaborate to create an online archive of songs from which we can take inspiration in the struggles ahead.

  • Tuesday, June 2 (12:00-1:00 p.m.): “Solidarity Forever” and the Making of the Modern Labor Movement
  • Tuesday, June 9 (12:00-1:00 p.m.): “Which Side are You On?” and the Mine Wars of the 20th Century
  • Tuesday, June 16 (12:00-1:00 p.m.): “I Ain’t Got No Home” and Labor Migration through Depression and World War
  • Tuesday, June 23 (12:00-1:00 p.m.): “We Shall Overcome” and the Civil Rights Revolution
  • Tuesday, June 30 (12:00-1:00 p.m.): “9 to 5” and the Pink Collar Revolution


Letters to the Editor: Making Your Voice Heard on Issues that Matter to Workers

Now more than ever, union members and leaders need to make their voices heard on issues that matter to working families. This class will cover strategies for writing effective letters to the editor and how to get your letter published.  During the first session we cover strategies for writing effective Letters to the Editor.  As a homework assignment, students will draft their own letters on a topic of their choosing.  During the second class we will review and collectively edit the letters to get them ready for potential submission.

  • Monday, July 13 (4:00-6:00 p.m.):  What Makes an Effective Letter to the Editor?
  • Monday, July 20 (4:00-6:00 p.m.):  Getting Your Letter to the Editor Ready for Submission

Recent Labor Struggles

This course will study, and analyze the lessons for the labor movement, of four recent workers’ rights movements: 2011-12 Occupy Wall Street, 2011 Wisconsin Labor Upsurge, 2012-19 Teachers’ Strikes, and the 2012-20 Fight for Fifteen movement. We will also discuss how workers can organize during and after the pandemic. For this course, students will be expected to review some reading and videos before each class, as the Zoom meetings will be discussion-focused.

  • Tuesday, July 14 (4:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, July 16 (4:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, July 21 (4:00-6:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, July 23 (4:00-6:00 p.m.)

For question or concerns contact:


Allison Frees-Williams
Assistant Director


Barbara Nelson
Office Support Specialist
(312) 996-2127