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Labor Education Program
An introduction to our programs
The Labor Education Program, a continuing education unit of MU Extension, is located at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The program has been engaged in the development and delivery of high-quality leadership training programs for trade union leaders in Missouri and other Midwestern states since 1964.
Since 1964, the program has worked with members and leaders of a variety of workplace-based organizations across Missouri and other Midwestern states to help them develop skills to contribute to their organizations, to act effectively in the workplace, and to be informed and active participants in their communities. During an era of severe economic crisis and rapid changes in the labor market, the challenges of effective leadership are expanding dramatically. The research, curriculum development and teaching efforts of Labor Education program faculty aim to meet the immediate and emerging educational demands of leaders of complex organizations.
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Publications Date: May 17, 2018
It is impossible to do an effective job of negotiations with management without adequate preparation prior to the earliest bargaining sessions. This section addresses many of the specific tasks that need to be accomplished prior to the first ...
Steward NotesVolume 1, Number 2, October, 1998Contract interpretation involves a process of determining, or giving meaning to, words in a collective bargaining agreement. Grievances involving contract interpretation may end up in arbitration ...
Volume 1, Number 1, July, 1998In most discipline and discharge cases, the seven tests of just cause standards may apply. It is important to note, however, that not all arbitrators follow these standards. As scholars of arbitration have noted, ...
In this section, some of the major techniques and tactics relevant to the actual bargaining sessions with management are discussed. There is no formula for effective negotiations, but there are many broad issues about which the union bargaining ...
Although the specific issues in any negotiations will reflect the concerns of the local union involved and its membership, there are general goals that are likely to be present in most union bargaining agendas. For purposes of simplicity, these are ...
In preparation for negotiations, it is important for union leaders to think in terms of "solidarity" and the "interests of the membership," but it is also important to remember that unions are complex and dynamic organizations for ...
The BEA of the U.S. Department of Commerce promotes a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant, and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost-effective manner.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy.
The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank created in 1986 to include the needs of low- and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.
A federation of unions in Missouri that are affiliated with the national American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).
The Missouri AFL-CIO Dislocated Worker Program staff can arrange for a Surviving Layoff Workshop to be held for laid off workers before or after the layoff has occurred.