Online course among U of M Labor Education Service’s 2012-13 offerings

The University of Minnesota Labor Education Service will offer six Labor Studies Skills Courses starting this fall, including its first-ever online class.

The non-credit Labor Studies Skills Courses provide a foundation in “nuts & bolts” areas important to working people and are open to all. Sessions for in-person classes are held on the West Bank of the University’s Minneapolis campus.  For a brochure and registration form, call the LES office, 612-624-5020, or e-mail les [at] umn [dot] edu.

Here is the schedule:

Fall 2012

• “Successful Social Media Strategies for Labor Unions,” Sept. 11, taught by John Nemo.

• “Telling the True Story of Workers,” Oct. 6, taught by Barb Kucera.

• “Effective Leadership Styles,” Nov. 17, taught by Tony DeAngelis.

Winter/Spring 2013

• “Introduction to the Labor Movement,” Feb. 1 to 28, taught by Labor Education Service staff. (Online course.)

(This is the first Labor Studies skills course taught exclusively online. Participants be able to participate from anywhere, at times convenient to them. This introductory class provides an overview of the labor movement – its successes and challenges – in a global context. Learn the structure, organization and evolution of the movement, the impact of union membership on workers and communities and discuss future directions.)

• “Contract Negotiations,” March 2 and 9, taught by Tony DeAngelis.

• “Basic Arbitration,” April 20, taught by John Remington.

The Labor Education Service is the only educational program in the state specifically focused on the needs of Minnesota workers and their organizations. Since 1951, LES has provided training for hundreds of unions and thousands of workers. LES also offers video, website and other media services.

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