University of Illinois Partnership

Working within the Institute for Labor and Industrial Relations, at the University of Illinois, the Labor Education Program (LEP) is celebrating its 61st year of service to the state’s labor movement.  With offices, faculty, clerical and technical staff, and teaching facilities in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, LEP is the only state wide labor education program, serving over 2,000 union members annually.  This year’s schedule of programs and special events continues the tradition of high quality education that trade union members and working people from around the state have come to expect from our faculty.

Along with continuing the partnership with the NLC, during the 2007-08 program year, LEP will launch two major curriculum initiatives.  This fall semester, LEP has begun the Hispanic Union Workers School to enhance labor education training to Spanish-Language trade unionists. Also, in the spring semester, LEP will, for the first time, offer college-credit courses in labor studies online.  The online credit classes are available to union members who are not currently enrolled at the university.  In addition to reaching previously underserved union populations, these two breakthrough programs will help preserve LEP’s well-earned reputation as a first-rate educational partner for Illinois union members.

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