The new name reflects the needs of an evolving economy and broadens the mission of labor studies to include education, training and research about work and all working people.
Over the last few years, the program has developed particular expertise in issues of the global economy and the movement of workers and jobs within it. Its offerings and community outreach increasingly extend beyond the community of organized labor to low-wage workers and the rapidly growing sector of the workforce doing “contingent” or “precarious” work, which includes the underemployed, contract workers, temps and involuntary part-timers.
WELS will continue its Certificate Program in Labor Studies, which covers the evolution of work and labor, leadership development for unions, law, politics and bargaining as well as issues in the global economy. It continues to sponsor The Heartland Labor Forum, the weekly radio program broadcast Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 5 a.m. on KKFI 90.1 FM community radio.
WELS also will continue to provide custom training to unions and community organizations about worker and labor issues.
“At the heart of worker education and labor studies are the values of mutual aid, organizing, and negotiation as well as the value of research and education. These are all portrayed in our ingenious new logo designed by Ironworker/Artist Ron Hoyle,” said WELS Director Judy Ancel.