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Carmen Berkley, Alethia Jones, Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Auston Thompson: #Blacklivesmatter: The Upsurge In Black Activism, The Black Job Crisis And The Role Of Labor Education In Helping Unions Deal With This Moment

Panel outline and flip-charts generated by discussion

In response to the latest round of police violence, the Black community (primarily young
Blacks) has engaged in a level of direct action that has not been seen since the 1960s
and this activism has spurred a broad range of activity from across the racial and ethnic
spectrum. While this mobilization has immense transformative possibilities, a key
question is the role of the labor movement in this mobilization. This panel will explore
the steps that labor educators can take to enhance the role of unions during this

document #Blacklivesmatter outline

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Dequasia Canales, Alethia Jones, Deborah Rosenstein "How Can Labor Educators Support Local Union Staff in their Internal Organizing Work with Members?

Workshop outline of "Courageous Conversations Module"

The attached curriculum draws from SEIU’s “Unleashing Our Power,” a three day training conference for organizing staff and their supervisors. This version is modified by 1199SEIU UHE. SEIU’s training format places supervisors and organizers on separate “tracks” for this module to encourage honest conversation and to allow peers to exchange shared issues and challenges.

We selected this module because it represents a core skill – the ability to hold authentic conversations about tough issues in ways that strengthen (rather than erode) relationships. Without the ability to engage in such dialogue, organizing efforts falter. The approach is helpful for conversations with peers, with supervisors and with members in the shop, helping to unearth and address issues that are getting in the way of organizing effectively.

This module has been conducted in all 5 states represented by 1199, with over 400 organizers and VPs. It consistently receives good reviews. Often the skills are immediately applied leading to deeper conversations for the rest of the training session.

document Courageous Conversations


Melanie Dufour-Poirier and Melanie LaRoche "Revitalizing union representation through labor education initiatives: a close examination of two trade unions in Quebec"

PowerPoint presentation saved as pdf

This presentation accompanies a paper which analyses the revitalization of union leadership and representation through labor education initiatives implemented by Youth Committees. The paper will be published in Labor Studies Journal.

pdf Revitalizing union representation


Jeannette Huezo, Riahl O'Malley, "Connecting the Dots: Race, Gender and the Growing Divide"

Charts used in Teaching Demonstation, saved as pdf

This interactive workshop examines economic disparitiesin the U.S. through a lens of race, class and gender. Drawing from participant experience, it explores the policies and ideologies that have lead to these disparities. This workshop examines the concentration of women and people of color in low-wage work and the concentration of wealth and power among a few white men. It also provokes discussion on the underlying economic assumptions that create and exacerbate this divide. 

pdf Connecting the Dots

Michelle Kaminski and Emily LaBarbera-Twarog,"Solidarity and Sisterhood: Collaboration, Conflict, and Detachment between Labor and the Women’s Movement"

While the women’s movement and the labor movement share some common goals, they are often surprisingly disconnected from each other in the U.S. We analyze the structures of the two movements as a foundational context, and identify some of the areas in which goals overlap and diverge. Then, we present specific examples of collaboration and conflict between the two movements. We close with a discussion of what the two movements can learn from each other. The paper is based on a combination of historical research and interviews with contemporary leaders.

document Solidarity and Sisterhood


Greg Mantsios, "Through the Looking-Glass of History: A New Vision for Labor Education"


"The purpose of this paper is to explore the potential of Labor Education, examining models of the past as a reference for new visions and contemporary practice in the field. We draw on our experiences in the Joseph S. Murphy Institute (JSMI) and the City University of New York (CUNY) and trace the considerations that led us to a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and multi-faceted approach to university-based labor education. The evolution of our thinking, in turn, led our Labor Advisory Board to call upon public and University officials to establish a new school within CUNY—one that is dedicated to labor."

document A New Vision for Labor Education


John Revitte, "Michigan’s Mackinaw Center for Public Policy versusMichigan’s labor studies centers and professors, c. 2011:Just another FOIA request or just another battle inAmerica’s Right-to-Work anti-union war games begun in 1947?"


"In 2011... the Mackinaw Center filed three Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests targeting the MSU HRLR school faculty and the U of M and WSU labor studies center faculty and staff. These FOIA requests concerned the university faculty and staffs’ email correspondence about the 2011 “reforms” of Wisconsin public sector labor laws. Was this just another FOIA request by a “non-partisan… educational and research” group or part of a national “war” on labor and its allies at Michigan’s LSCs? Was this just another battle in a long simmering “attack” by anti union forces, which goes back to the passage of the Taft-Hartley Act and the national right-to-work’s “war” against workers and their labor unions and allies? That story is told here."

document FOIA MI v MI Labor Studies