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American Labor History

Instructors: Judy Ancel and Gerda Ray

History 366RR
Economics 404RR
Graduate: History 5566 RR and Economics 5504

repare for the Future; Learn about the Past

This course examines the history of work and the working class in the U.S. from the first indentured servants and slaves to the present-day precariat.  We will focus on the transformation of the workplace and the working class, the rise of the union movement with its dramatic battles between labor and capital, labor’s cultural and political organizations, and the role played by gender, race, and ethnicity in uniting or dividing the working class.

Labor Law

Instructor: Paul Rainsberger

POLSCI 370 Graduate: POL SCI 5580B

Know your rights and how to defend them

In this course, participants will examine the role of government in the regulation of labor-management relations in the United States.  While the focus of the course will be on federal laws regulating private sector labor relations, parallel issues addressed in the Railway Labor Act and state public sector labor relations law will also be covered.  Specific topics include the legal framework for the organization of workers, definition of prohibited or unfair labor practices of employers and unions, legal regulation of the collective bargaining process, regulation of the use of economic weapons in labor disputes, enforcement of collective bargaining agreements and the regulation of internal trade union activities 

To Enroll at UMKC

To register as continuing education student, call (816) 235-2736 For admission as a degree-seeking student, call 816-235-1111, and for more information, call WELS at 235-1470.

One class (3 units). Two classes (6 units)  Graduate classes
You can take these classes not-for-credit at half the undergraduate rate. Note: these are 2015-16 rates. 2016-17 have not yet been announced.

All courses help fulfill the requirements for a labor certificate if you are a degree-seeking student.

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Labor in the Global Political Economy
Instructor: Judy Ancel

ECON 402 ()/ECON 5590C () - 3 units

What do the World Bank and the IMF have to do with your job? Are we moving toward global corporate government? What’s a production chain? Did NAFTA work? For whom? How are workers fighting the decline of labor rights and standards around the world? Are global unions possible? This course will examine current issues, trends, and developments which are shaping labor in today’s global economy. It will analyze the shifting balance of power between labor and capital, the role of governments, and evaluate the strategic options for workers and unions operating in a global environment.

Collective Bargaining
Location: TBA
Instructors: Matt Pezold and Rob Russell

ECON 340 ()/ ECON 5590A ()- 3 units 

A hands-on study of the bargaining process. Students will participate in a contract bargaining simulation. This course will examine current issues, trends, and developments which are shaping labor in today’s global economy.  Students will analyze the shifting balance of power between labor and capital, the role of government, and evaluate the strategic options for workers and unions operating in a global economy.

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Labor, Politics and Society

Instructors: Don Giljum and Rob Russell

Pol Sci 360/5580 (Class Numbers: 18092/18093)
3 units

This course provides an overview of many topics that are relevant to the role of unions in the American political system and American society from a labor perspective. Subjects covered include the role of workers in current and future times, unions' institutional structure, collective bargaining, labor and employment law, labor and politics, the relationship between labor and the media, globalization and work, and new trends in worker organizing. 

Union Leadership and Administration

Instructors: Judy Ancel and Matthew Pezold

Econ 341/5575 (Class Numbers: 17651/18160) 
3 Units

What makes a good union leader? What skills, vision and practice are best suited to today? What is participative leadership and why do we need it? Topics include: contending theories about the role and future of the labor movement, the challenges union leaders face in a hostile and a globalizing world, principles of good leadership and varying leadership styles, cultural/ethnic/gender perspectives of leadership, understanding unions' institutional structures and democracy , strategic planning to build the union and labor movement and for collective bargaining and organizing, case studies of successful recent bargaining and political campaigns, and managing the union's message and media. Learning in this on-line course will be done via reading, group projects, reflections, and short papers. 

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Introduction to Labor Studies

Instructor: Judy Ancel

ECON 150 (16326)
(upper division students can enroll in a 400 level section by request)

Raise your expectations about your job(s). Learn your rights and how to win respect at work.

This interdisciplinary course surveys the present state of work and labor in the U.S. and global economy. It asks whether a new labor movement including high tech, low wage and immigrant workers is possible. It investigates the future of work and whether education gets those good jobs and high incomes. It teaches basic skills for students at work: labor laws, bargaining, and organizing. It surveys current movements for economic justice like Occupy Everywhere and Jobs with Justice.

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