What We Do
The Labor Center works with unions, community-based organizations and within colleges throughout Washington State to provide trainings and classes for and about working people.
Our mission is to use the best practices of adult education to design programs to help working women and men develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge to be leaders at work and in their communities. We offer specific skills-development classes like steward training, collective bargaining, and meeting facilitation, and broader informational programs like labor history, and economics for working families.
Our teaching is based on a popular education model that draws heavily on the experiences of workshop participants. We also organize conferences and workshops open to the public. The Center houses a variety of resources, such as book and film libraries, that are available for public use.
Our staff is available as guest speakers or presenters. Some of our services are provided free of charge. Fees are charged for some classes, conferences and events. When we design a training for a particular organization we charge an hourly and/or daily fee for preparation and instruction, plus expenses. All terms are agreed upon in advance. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your organization.
The Labor Center receives funding from the Washington State Legislature to pursue our educational mission. Current funding does not support all the services provided by our statewide organization. Your contribution can help the Labor Education Center empower working people through education. You can contribute by sending a check or making an online donation.
To make a tax-deductible contribution, make your check payable to: South Seattle College Foundation, put “Labor Center” or "WA-LERC" in the memo line. Mail it to the Foundation at 1600 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106-1499.
You can also donate online -- Use this "Give Online" link on the College Foundation's website, be sure to indicate the Labor Center or WA-LERC in the Tribute Name field and Email field of the form, then email the foundation at email@example.com
telling them that your donation is directed to the Labor Center. Hope to have a better online giving system in place soon.
All donations to the College Foundation are tax deductible. Please note that if you make your check out to the Labor Center, it is not a tax-deductible contribution.
Washington State Labor Education and Research Center
South Seattle College Georgetown Campus
6737 Corson Ave S, Building B Room 106
Seattle, WA 98108
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