Fall 2022 Schedule

Fall 2022 Course Offering - Online Course

First Session:

Labor and Politics

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Dates: Wednesdays, September 21 - October 26
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Instructor: Bob Russo

The political process is one of the most effective ways for unions and workers to promote their agendas at the state and local level. In this ULA class, students will learn how to identify issues to create an effective political agenda of their own; explore how the political and bill making process works; learn how coalitions can be built around issues; and learn best practices for effectively lobbying to gain support for their issues. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of New Jersey’s political arena and legislative process, how citizens’ ideas become law, and how organized labor shapes legislation through direct action, coalition building, and lobbying. 


The New Union Academy!

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Dates: Thursdays, October 6 - November 10

Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (EST)

Instructors: Todd Vachon, Naomi R Williams, William Brucher, Tamara Lee, Rebecca Givan

Recently won union recognition or in the process of organizing your union now? Want to learn the fundamentals of what to do next? From basic labor and employment law to collective bargaining to organizing effective contract campaigns? Well, this is the 6-week online class for you! Meet fellow union activists from across the US, learn from top Rutgers labor educators, and get the knowledge and power you need to win that first contract and beyond!  

NOTE: This class is designed exclusively for workers in newly organized (or currently organizing) shops without a first contract. The class is no charge for workers who have voted to form a union but do not yet have a first contract.

Contributes toward completion of the Rutgers LEARN - Union Leadership Academy (ULA) certificate.  


Second Session:

Pop Culture and Labor: the Working Class in Film

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Dates: Tuesdays, November 15 - December 6
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (EST)
Instructor: Steven Manicastri

This class will use the depiction of labor and the working class in contemporary film to explore the core concepts of class, inequality, and political economy in the contemporary United States and beyond. Students will learn how to engage popular culture with a critical lens, identifying and often questioning the key underlying assumptions that permeate the films, television shows, novels, and music we encounter every day. These tools will help prepare leaders and activists to be better and more effective organizers and educators in their organizations and movements. The class will include a mix of film viewing, lecture, and group discussion.


 

Spring 2023 Course Offerings - Online Courses

First Session:
to be announced soon

 

Second Session:

 

to be announced soon