Labor Education Program

About Us

The Labor Education Program is an educational program based at UMass Lowell.  The program:

  • Is a partner in the Work, Labor and Society interdisciplinary minor
  • Provides training, education and strategic planning support to workers, unions, and other community based organizations
  • Funds students to conduct and disseminate labor research on economic and workforce development, through the Future of Work Research Initiative

Labor Education program works in partnership with faculty teaching in the minor and interacts with students in the minor by providing a “real world” connection through service-learning, practicum opportunities, collaborative teaching, and guest speakers. The program coordinates and administers the service learning projects, co-instructs core course, and serves on advisory committee of the Work, Labor and Society minor.  
Labor Extension

The program provides training, education and strategic consulting to regional and statewide labor and worker organization engaging in economic and workforce development activities.   The Labor Extension Program provides educational services and technical assistance to unions in the region covered by the North Shore, Merrimack Valley, Central Massachusetts and North Worcester Labor Councils.

The Future of Work in Massachusetts is a joint research project of the Labor Centers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell, funded by the University of Massachusetts' President's Office with monies provided by the Massachusetts legislature. The project encompasses diverse research efforts to describe, analyze, and document the rapid transformation that work is undergoing in Massachusetts. The Labor Education Program at UMass Lowell funds UMass Lowell graduate students to do research which supports ongoing work of the labor councils and other organizations based in the community.