Useful Links for Learning More About Unions and Labor Education
University Labor Education Centers/Labor Libraries
- Arkansas - University of Arkansas (Little Rock) Institute for Economic Advancement
- California - Berkeley - Center for Research & Education
- California - Los Angeles - Center for Research & Education
- Georgia State University - Labor Studies Program
- Illinois - University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - School of Labor and Employment Relations
- Indiana - Indiana University - School of Social Work - Labor Studies Program
- Maine - University of Maine - Bureau of Labor Education
- Massachusetts - University of Massachusetts (Boston) Labor Resource Center
- Massachusetts - University of Massachusetts (Amherst) The Labor Center
- Massachusetts - M.I.T. Industrial Relations Collection
- Michigan - University of Michigan - Institute for Research Labor, Employment & the Economy
- Michigan - Wayne State University - Labor Studies Center
- Minnesota - University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management
- Missouri - University of Missouri (Columbia) - Labor Education Program
- Missouri - The Institute for Labor Studies Contact Judy Ancel (email@example.com) or Roz Sherman Voellinger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Missouri - University of Missouri - Labor Education Extension Program
- Nebraska - University of Nebraska at Omaha - William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies (WBILS)
- New Jersey - Rutgers University - Union Leadership Academy (ULA)
- New York - Cornell University - Human Capital Development
- New York - Cornell University Catherwood Library
- New York - NYU - Tamiment Institute - Robert Wagner Labor Archives
- New York - NYU Libraries - Labor History: Websites
- Ohio - Youngstown Center for Working-Class Studies (CWCS)
- Oregon - University of Oregon - Labor Education & Research Center
- Pennsylvania - Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) - Center For Study of Labor Relations
- Pennsylvania - Penn State's School of Labor & Employment Relations
- Rhode Island Institute for Labor Studies & Research (ILSR)
- Washington - Harry Bridges Chair in Labor Studies
- Washington - South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus - The Labor Center
- Wisconsin - University of Wisconsin-Extension - School of Social Work
- Canada - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC - Centre for Labour Studies
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.
Change to Win
National Education Association
Union of North America Local 1140
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America
Helpful Government ResourcesBureau of Labor Statistics
Family and Medical Leave Act
Federal Labor Relations Authority
National Labor Relations Board
National Mediation Board
Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations
Nebraska Department of Labor
Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission
Nebraska State Data Center
Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA Citations Research
United States Department of Labor
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Labor in the SchoolsThe American Labor Studies Center is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to collect, analyze, evaluate, create and disseminate labor history and labor studies curricula and related materials, aligned to the various state and national standards, to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers nationwide.
The American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning aims to revitalize interest in history by challenging the traditional ways that people learn about the past.
The California Federation of Teachers is the statewide affiliate of the AFT. It represents faculty and other school employees in public and private schools and colleges in California. It has been very involved in getting Labor History into the school systems and has developed some wonderful materials and lesson plans.
Child Labor in America 1908-1912: the Photographs of Lewis W. Hine. Child labor in the U.S. wasn’t effectively regulated until the 1930s. Hine documents how children were contributing to our national economy until that regulation was in place.
Child Labor Public Education Project: the University of Iowa Labor Center’s resource page on child labor in and out of the U.S.
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a searchable index that has lots of resources helpful in researching and teaching about organized labor.
New York Times Learning Network: Teacher Connections takes issues and subjects covered by the newspaper and creates lesson plans for teachers. See their archive of past lesson plans.
Unionized We Stand lesson plan. Type “unionized we stand” in the search box.
Child labor and farm workers lesson plan. Type “child labor” in the search box.
The Organization of American Historians is the largest learned society devoted to the study of American history publishes a Magazine of History. Its winter 1997 issue was dedicated to teaching labor history.
Wisconsin Labor History Society. In 2009, Wisconsin passed a resolution requiring teaching of labor history in their public schools here’s their website which together with others provides a curriculum help for social studies teachers.
Women’s Labor History. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees’ site noting particularly the important contributions that women have made to the American labor movement.