Washington State Labor Education and Research Center
The Labor Center works with unions and community-based organizations throughout Washington State to provide trainings and classes for and about working people. Our mission is to collaborate with unions and community members in designing programs that will help them develop the skills, confidence, and knowledge to become more effective leaders, staff, and rank-and-file activists. We offer specific skills-development classes like Steward Training, Collective Bargaining,or Meeting Facilitation, as well as broader informational programs, like Labor History or Economics for Working Families. Our teaching is based on a popular education model which draws heavily on the experiences of workshop participants. We also organize conferences and workshops open to the public. The Center houses a variety of resources, such as book and film libraries, that are available for public use and our staff is available as guest speakers or presenters. You will find information about the range of the educational activities we provide throughout this website. Some of our services are provided free of charge. Fees are charged for some classes, conferences and events. When we design a training for a particular organization we charge an hourly and/or daily fee for preparation and instruction, plus expenses. All terms are agreed upon in advance. Feel free to contact us at any time.