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Fall 2020

Start August 31 end December 20, 2020 (16 weeks)
All Labor Studies classes are transferable to CSU.


Due to COVID 19 restrictions classes will be conducted completely online

LS 1 – U.S. Labor History – Class 18894
The often untold story of workers’ struggles to improve their lives through union organizing and collective bargaining.  From early craft unions, the bloody battles to form factory unions, and the rise of labor federations and public sector unions.
**LS 1 meets GE requirements at Trade-Tech, CSU, and UC.  
Instructor:  Ghosha Maffei, Labor Educator 

LS 4 – Labor in America** – Class 14587
The role of unions in creating and maintaining the middle class standard of living for all workers.  Labor’s impact on issues such as wages, benefits and job security, and economic justice issues such as public education and social security.
**LS 4 meets GE requirements at Trade-Tech and UC.
 Instructor:  Lou Siegel & Ericka Wills

LS 5 – Grievance and Arbitration – Class 26571 
How to identify, investigate, write and present grievances, and handle arbitrations. Emphasis on participants’ own contracts, grievance procedures and experiences.
 Instructors: Tanya Akel  & Jody Klipple

LS 7 – Labor and Political Action – Class 20666

Politics is critical to labor’s survival.  Skills needed to tackle political issues affecting your members, including lobbying, electioneering, member mobilization, monitoring legislation and holding politicians accountable.
Instructor: Ericka Wills, United Steelworkers District 12 

LS 8 – Labor in the Global Economy – Class 20657
How globalization impacts workers, their unions and the economy.  Learn to “follow the money.”  What really happens in the economy and how it favors the rich at the expense of working families.
Instructor: Ericka Wills, United Steelworkers District 12 

LS 20 – Workers’ Rights – Class 14611
Basic legal rights for workers, including: wage and hour laws, overtime, leaves, workplace privacy including e-mail and computers, accommodating disabilities, including pregnancy, and combating employment discrimination.
Instructor:  Josh Young, Gilbert and Sackman 

LS 21 – Working Class in Cinema** – Class 18629
Examines film portrayals of the working class and labor unions. Students learn to evaluate popular culture, dramatization of workers’ rights struggles, and analyze how the movies help shape public perception and values.
**LS 21 meets GE requirements at Trade-Tech, CSU, and UC.  
 Instructor: Mindy Chen, Dolores Huerta Labor Institute 

LS 24 – Enforcing Workers’ Rights – Class 26573
Skills needed to investigate, prepare, and present cases filed by the State Labor Commissioner to enforce workers’ rights. 
Instructor:  Jocelyn Lopez, Department of Industrial Relations 


Due to COVID 19 restrictions classes will be conducted completely online
LS 103 – Labor Relations Law – Class 26574
Federal and state laws covering workers and unions are always evolving.  Top labor lawyer will cover recent changes in labor laws and current issues and trends.
September 12 - October 3, 2020                                                                  
Instructor:  Lewis Levy, Attorney and Partner, Levy Phillips, J.D.

LS 107 – Political Action Skills – Class 25675
Survey of grassroots political organizing strategies, including: phone banks, precinct walks, get out the vote (GOTV), vote-by-mail, and communications.
September 19 – September 26, 2020
Instructor: Jim Walker, Negotiation Consultant 

LS 132 – Strategic Bargaining – Class 26576
How to conduct a strong contract campaign including effective research, member involvement, building public support, and developing corporate campaigns.
October 10 - November 7, 2020
Instructor: Jim Walker, Negotiation Consultant 

LS 109 – Union Building Strategies – Class 26577
Skills and techniques to build a strong union through strategic planning, leadership development, communication techniques, including 1-on-1 and member mobilization.
November 14 - December 5, 2020
Instructor: Mindy Chen

LS 105 – Grievance Handling Skills  Class 26578
A step-by-step approach to handling grievances including: investigating facts, documenting evidence, writing and presenting grievances, settlement techniques, and duty of fair representation.
December 5 – December 19, 2020
Instructor: Marcus Hatcher, Labor Educator and Consultant


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