The class covers the basics of labor and employment laws that every union activist should know. The class reviews the laws, the agencies that administer the laws, and the effectiveness of the laws and their enforcement. The course covers both the National Labor Relations Act on union organizing, strikes, lockouts, and the rights of unionists to take on-the- job actions to defend their contract; and employment laws that impact all workers such as the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and non-discrimination laws.
This is a certificate program course offering. This six (6) class program is an introduction to the labor movement and builds toward a more intensive development of labor education. They are for current union leaders, new members, activists, union staff, people who want to meet people from other unions, and working people who want to learn about the labor movement. Because the kind of knowledge necessary for effective union membership and leadership is broad rather than narrow, we encourage people to take all six classes. Students who complete the sequence of six classes will receive a Certificate in Labor Studies from the Labor Education Program. All classes meet one day for eight hours on a Saturday. The fee per class is $150. However, the fee for students who enroll in two or more classes is $100. Unions which enroll a minimum of five students can also receive a discounted bloc rate.