Labor School Certificate Program


Labor School

2019-2020 Labor School Brochure

The Labor School is a certificate program that brings together workers who share a common concern for the future of their workplace, their union, and their community.

  • instructorsThe Labor School consists of 10 courses that can be taken on-campus or online.
  • Each course is 5-weeks in length.
  • Students attending class once a week will complete their first track the first year and the second track their second year. Students attending classes twice a week will complete the Labor School in one year. Each class is 2-hours long.
  • Fall courses begin the third week of September and continue through the first week in December. Winter classes start the third week of January and continue through the first week of May.

Option 1:  Attend all 10 courses on campus.
Option 2:  Take all 10 courses online.
Option 3:  Take a mix of on-campus and online courses.

On-Campus and Online Labor Courses

Labor Leadership
Views Courses

Labor Leadership
Skills Courses

Students discuss strategies the labor movement utilizes to build power in the 21st century.

Students develop technical skills, knowledge and strategies to become effective workplace leaders.

Fall semester

  • US Labor History
  • State of Labor

Fall semester

  • Basic Grievance Handling
  • Your Rights in the Workplace

Winter semester

  • Economics for Workers
  • Power and Politics
  • Leading a Diverse Organization

Winter semester

  • Effective Leadership
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Building the Union
















Online Courses

Online courses are convenient for busy adults. There are no course meetings and you can take the course anytime during the week, 24-hours a day.  The courses are hosted on the user-friendly Canvas system. While the online courses are self-paced, they are instructor led and include interactive course assignments and discussion boards.



Weekly Meeting Times & Location for On-Campus Courses

Each semester your class will meet in State Hall on the main WSU campus, at the same time and location every week. You can choose to attend either once a week to complete the program in 2 years or attend classes twice a week to complete the program in 1 year.

Choose your preferred days and times;

  • Tuesday Mornings:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm    OR      Wednesday Evenings:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Thursday Evenings:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm    OR      Saturday Mornings:  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

To find State Hall, see the Wayne State University Campus Map (see map for location)

Who should attend?

People that want to make a positive impact in their workplace, organizations or communities. The Labor School will allow you to strengthen your leadership capabilities, develop innovative strategies and provide a forum for sharing ideas. There are no grades and no exams. If you have special needs, please make us aware of your needs upon registration.

Where is the Labor School located?

Classes are held at State Hall on the main campus of Wayne State University or can be taken online.

When does the Labor School begin?

New students normally begin the Labor School at the start of the fall or winter semesters, but you are welcome to join at any time.  Registration is ongoing.


Tuition and course materials

Each Labor School course is $200.  Tuition includes all materials.  Many students receive tuition assistance from their union or employer.


Scholarships may be available to pay a portion of the tuition, based upon need.  Contact our office to request an application for the Ethel Schwartz Memorial Scholarship for Labor Education.

How to Register

1. Contact our office at (313) 577-2191, or

2.  Register online.


The Labor Studies Center
3178 FAB, 656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI  48202
Phone:  (313) 577-2191
Fax:  (313) 577-7726