The Labor Education and Research Center offers many services to help your organization get past hurdles, move through complex issues and topics, and grow your capacity.
Our faculty provide applied research assistance, conduct policy analysis, and help you to better understand the connections between policy, data, and the workforce. We also provide consulting and mentorship to help you to prepare your members to be effective leaders and spokespersons for your organization.
“I went away feeling more prepared and educated on how to lead and feel confident enough to approach members.”
Strategic Planning & Facilitation
When your organization or network is preparing to reflect on its mission, vision, or direction, our faculty can help you to pinpoint your needs, set goals, navigate obstacles, and forge ahead with new purpose and energy. Our faculty will work with you to create a program customized to meet the particular needs of your organization. LERC can provide training, facilitation, action plans, and ongoing consultation to help renew and revitalize your union or organization. We will help you develop strategies to expand the leadership core of your organization, reach out to new constituencies, and develop productive collaborations and partnerships with new allies. We can also work with you to develop your message and communicate it effectively in the rapidly changing media world.
“Thank you for teaching us tactics for social media engagement and political turnout.”
Equity & Inclusion
Difficult conversations around building respectful workplaces are happening more frequently. We can help your leaders and members learn to be more effective advocates. We will give up-to-date strategies on how to investigate, report, and challenge oppressive moments and situations.
“The program LERC developed for our union was interactive, challenging, and forced us to be honest.”
In addition to our educational offerings, LERC faculty frequently present at professional and academic conferences, public hearings, radio programs, and public forums. In 2015 and 2016 LERC spoke at more than sixty such events and reached more than 3,700 people.
Topics were wide-ranging and included:
Gender and economic equity
Equity and inclusion in the labor movement
State policies impacting the public sector workforce
Labor, community, and environmental coalitions to address climate change
Total Person Unionism: labor activists as community partners
LERC’s focus is on labor education and our faculty have extensive experience working with labor organizations to create customized trainings, exercises, and materials that engage members in deep learning. Curriculum guides can focus in on your priorities such as leadership development, improving communication skills, grievance handling, and mobilizing members. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you tune up or revamp your education programs.