Classic courses on organizing, bargaining and labor law, along with new classes on parliamentary procedure, communications and history, are among the 2005-2006 offerings by the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service.
The noncredit courses, open to everyone, start Sept. 28 and run through April 29. LES also is continuing its new Labor Studies Certificate program, which graduated its first two students this spring.
“I want to get more involved in my union and the labor studies program helped me learn a lot,” said certificate recipient Billy Reed, Jr., an SEIU Local 113 member who lives in Minneapolis. “The instructors were great. It was a tremendous experience!”
Fellow graduate Bill McAmis, an AFGE Local 3669 member from Maplewood, praised the certificate program as “an excellent source of material . . . I plan to take more classes.”
Students in the Labor Studies Certificate Program complete 75 hours of classroom training in the areas of administration/leadership, collective bargaining/negotiations, contract administration, labor law, labor and society, organizing and electives.
To view the complete requirements for the certificate program, get a complete class schedule and register for classes, contact the LES office, 612-624-5020, to request a brochure. More information is also available on the LES website, www.laboreducation.org