|DePaul University School for New Learning
14 E. Jackson, Ste. 1524
Chicago, IL 60604
Web Site: go.depaul.edu/LaborEducationCenter
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/depaullaborcenter
The DePaul Labor Education Center offers a three-year certificate program in Labor Leadership that trains union members to become union leaders. The program consists of two semesters each year and cover a wide variety of topics. The first semester covers writing skills and grievance writing; the second semester emphasizes speaking skills, labor law (collective bargaining) and parliamentary procedure; the third semester covers collective bargaining; the fourth semester covers arbitration; the fifth semester covers organizing and economics for the trade unionist; and the six semester covers labor history and health and safety.
Credit towards a bachelor’s degree is available through the School for New Learning. The Labor Center also offers tailored trainings for labor and community organizations, as well as special classes on computer skills, labor laws, labor history tours and writing skills.
The Center also runs a high school labor program. The three-day high school program involves 3,000 students from throughout the state of Illinois. Staff from the Labor Center teach students about unions, engage them in a collective bargaining role play and conduct tours of Pullman and other labor history sites. The annual high school summer school expands on these topics for a full week, and graduates of the summer school can participate in paid labor organizing internships the following summer.