About William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
Labor Studies in Nebraska
The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies began July 1, 1980 as the result of the combined efforts of the Nebraska labor movement and the University of Nebraska. Its statewide mission is to foster creative and critical thinking among labor leaders, potential leaders, and interested members by providing relevant information and training in the skills needed in today's changing economy and workplace.
Additionally, the Institute welcomes opportunities to speak with members of the general public about the American labor movement and it's many contributions to making this a nation where everyday wage earners have a fair shot at a piece of the American Dream.
The Institute has an Advisory Committee which is composed of members of the Nebraska labor community, the Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, and the University of Nebraska Vice President for University Affairs and Director of Governmental Relations.
The William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies has a statewide mission to serve the education and training needs of wage earners and their labor organizations. The Institute does this by providing union leaders and members with the relevant information and training to promote and defend meaningful workplace democracy in today’s changing economy and workplace. It also performs outreach activities to citizens of the greater Nebraska community to explain why labor unions exist, and how they were critical players in humanizing the modern employment relationship.
- The Institute believes that everyone who sells her or his intelligence, experience, and strength to earn a living deserves to have a meaningful say in determining their future quality of life.
- We believe that education is as essential to labor leaders and members as it is to any other profession in today’s ever evolving economy.
- We believe that everyday wage earners and their unions should have access to quality educational programs through the University of Nebraska University system…the same access to public resources that business and industry enjoys.
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