University-based labor education began after World War II as a partnership between colleges and unions to provide education and skills training to union leaders and members in all aspects of labor relations.
Labor Education programs today offer information and courses for union members, unorganized workers, and the general public on the values, functions and role of unions in a democratic society and the changing nature of the workplace and workforce in a global economy. Labor education traditionally blends theory and practice and is highly participatory in its teaching techniques. University and college based programs are guided by labor advisory committees. Most labor education programs are members of the United Association of Labor Education.