The aim of The Institute for Labor Studies is to serve
the educational needs of organized labor: its leaders,
staff and members and to educate students at UMKC as
well as the community on the vital role labor
organizations play in a democratic society in promoting
individual rights and dignity, economic well-being and
The Institute for Labor Studies is a part of the
Department of Economics at the University of
Missouri-Kansas City. It is
advised by a Labor Advisory Board made up of
representatives of organized labor in the Kansas City
To provide credit and noncredit
courses, conferences and programs to enhance the skills
of workers as members, staff and leadership of labor
organizations and as citizens of their communities,
state and nation.
To offer in collaboration with
other Missouri institutions a credit Certificate in
To foster creative and critical
thinking by leaders and members of labor organizations
and to provide new information and research to help them
meet the challenges of a changing workplace and global
To provide custom training to
central labor bodies, individual unions, regional or
state labor organizations.
To help unions and other labor
organizations develop educational materials and training
programs for their membership.
To educate the community about
the role, significance and contributions of unions in
our society, and to promote labor education in the
To develop the field of labor
studies through research, and curriculum development.
To provide specific
consultation and research to labor organizations on
To bring the resources of UMKC
as well as other educational institutions to the labor
movement where appropriate, and to facilitate better
communication and sharing of information between the
labor movement and UMKC.