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2015 Calendar Workshops and Events
All events take place at the Georgetown Campus unless otherwise stated


POWER Class: U.S. Labor History
Saturday January 24, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm
$75 per person*
Register through Continuing Education if paying by credit card, or through the Labor Education Center if paying by check.  Need help registering?  Just contact Laura Crandall.
FREE to Seattle College District students.  $15 toFaculty and staff.  (Advance registration is required.)

Description: Labor rights activism today looks quite different than it did in the post-war period when union density was at its height in the United States.  Instead of the "Big Three" United Autoworkers contracts in the auto industry, we now see fast food workers organizing.  Instead of the boom of collective bargaining rights in health care and the public sector, we see the growth of Workers' Centers, organizing among day laborers and domestic workers, and the concerted effort of Our Walmart. What are the political and social forces that have pushed the labor movement in these non-traditional directions?  What role does economics play?

Whether you are an experienced labor activist, or have never studied the history of workers in the U.S. before, you will walk away from this class with a lot to think about.  The class will look briefly at the early history of labor organizing but will focus in on the transition from the 1930's to the post-war period, and then on more recent events.

The Labor Education Center's classes are interactive and multi-media.  We use films, music, art, and storytelling to illustrate and supplement traditional lecture formats.  Start 2015 with a vision of the future, informed by the past. 

Registration Deadline: January 12, 2015
Grant Application Deadline: January 9, 2015


Health and Safety, A Worker's Perspective; February 21

Caring for Others, Caring for Ourselves: Workplace Rights for Direct Service Staff at Non-profit Social Service Agencies. Download flyer here.
February 28, 2015, 9 am to noon

Cost: $10*

Details: Join us for a morning of learning about rights on the job and how to improve working conditions.  Be part of raising standards for work in this essential field.  This workshop features two breakout sessions and one joint session on collective action for workers rights and improved services.  Please select a breakout session when registering.

  • Taking Time Off From Work
    Learn about leave laws like theFamily Care Actand theDomestic Violence Leave Act, and the workers' rights to use them.
  • Safety at Work
    Working in a high-stress environment serving people in crisis creates real and tangible workplace hazards. This session will offer you tools for coping with dangerous working conditions.

Registration:Contact the Program Coordinator to register. 


April 10 & 11: Shop Steward Training

Friday, 1:30-5:00 pm
Saturday, 8:30 am-5:00 pm



May 28-30: Collective Bargaining Training
9 am-5 pm



*Financial Assistance is available.