Programs on Worker Education and Rights
P.O.W.E.R. classes offer unionists and other activists the opportunity to develop skills, learn history and get informed about critical issues facing working families today. Bringing together members from different unions, allied organizations, and the community creates a dynamic learning environment in which participants share their experience and knowledge.
The classes are jointly taught by Labor Center staff and one or more of our Training Associates or guest instructors.
There are four core classes in the P.O.W.E.R. series: Steward Training, Organizing, Collective Bargaining, and Labor History. In addition, two Special Topics classes may be offered each year, focusing on specific skills like strategic research or broader subjects like labor law or international labor issues.
The classes typically run on a Friday afternoon and all day Saturday – exceptions are noted in the schedule. The dates in the schedule below are subject to change. Exact dates & times will be announced at least a month in advance. There is a per person charge of $125; a minimum of 10 registrants is required for a class to be run. Registration is through the Continuing Education program of South Seattle Community College.
Classes are usually held at the Georgetown Campus of the South Seattle Community College, however, WE WILL BRING LABOR CENTER CLASSES ANYWHERE IN WASHINGTON STATE UPON REQUEST!
P.O.W.E.R. Schedule, 2013 - 2014
(Dates are subject to change)
August 23rd & 24th, 2013 Strategies for Organizing
October 11th & 12th, 2013 Special Topic: What's Up with Labor Law?
November 15th & 16th, 2013 Labor History of the United States
February 7th & 8th, 2014 Labor Law and the Washington State
Workers' Rights Manual
March 14th & 15th, 2014 Training Shop Stewards
May 29th - 31st, 2014 Collective Bargaining