Certificate in Labor Studies
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This program is an introduction to the labor movement and builds toward a more intensive development of labor education. Classes are for current union leaders, new members, activists, union staff, people who want to meet people from other unions, worker centers, 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 at least six unique classes. Students who complete the six-class requirement will receive a Certificate in Labor Studies from the Labor Education Program. Classes may be taken at either location, a certificate will be awarded for anyone completing the total requirement as long as courses were not repeated (i.e. a student taking “Internal Organizing” in both Chicago and Champaign, will only be credited once for completing this course toward the certificate requirement).
Visit the website for a full description of our 2017-2018 Certificate Program, including the dates and times in which each class meets. 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.
Chicago Course-offering Details
Chicago classes take place in Chicago at The Rice Building, Suite #110, 815 W. VanBuren, Chicago, Illinois 60607.
Click here for current course descriptions and the registration form (pdf).
For more information, email Maria Dokes or call 312-996-2627.
Downstate Course-offering Details
Unless otherwise noted, downstate classes take place in Champaign at the Labor and Employment Relations Building, Basement room 35, 504 E. Armory Ave., Champaign, Illinois 61820.
Click here for current course descriptions (pdf). Registration can also be completed online by clicking “Registration” in the menu to the left.
For more information, email Michael Foellmer or call 217-333-0980.
- School of Labor and Employment Relations