Improve your leadership skills with UMSL’s spring online Labor courses

LABOR STUDIES PROGRAM: IBEW Local 1439 Business Manager Jeremy Pour (left), receives his Labor Studies Program certificate from the Doug Swanson, University of Missouri–St. Louis’ Labor Studies coordinator. Pour completed the three-semester online program last spring. – IBEW Local 1439 photo

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is offering two online Labor education courses this spring as part of its Labor Studies Certificate Program, which received a 2019 first-place Outstanding Program Award from the University of Missouri Extension Association.
Classes begin Jan. 21. This spring’s course options include:

  • Introduction to Labor Studies: This course covers many topics important to the role of unions in the American political system and American society from a Labor perspective. Topics include the role of workers in current and future times, unions’ institutional structure, collective bargaining strategies and obstacles for union organizing, recent union campaigns, Labor’s political role and the relationship between Labor and the media.
  • Union Leadership and Administration: This course will focus on the roles and challenges of union leadership in a changing environment. Topics will include the union leader’s roles as representative, organizer and educator as well as administrative responsibilities within the union and the relationship with enterprise management in both adversarial and participatory situations. Options for leadership style and organizational models will be discussed and explored in both theory and practice. Leaders will develop their skills of motivation, speaking, strategic planning and managing complex campaigns.

The UMSL Labor Studies Program gives current and future union leaders, representatives and activists the background and skills needed to deal with the changing workplace and economy.

Students have the opportunity to develop skills of analysis, leadership and organizing that will provide an equal footing with counterparts in the corporate and political world. Completion of the program earns 18 hours toward a degree and a Certificate in Labor Studies.

For more information or to register, please contact Doug Swanson, the UMSL Labor Studies coordinator, at 314-516-6698 or

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