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Labor Education

Labor education is an applied, multidisciplinary field providing classes and programs for and about working people and the labor movement. Labor education takes place in both trade unions and colleges and universities. Increasingly, education about workers' rights also takes place in community-based organizations and workers' centers. Historically, labor education came from workers education programs that emerged during the Industrial Revolution.

Fundamental to their purpose was improving the lives of workers, both culturally and economically, and increasing the power of working people in society. After World War II, labor education programs were established at land-grant universities in the United States to produce graduates who could function effectively in the new legal environment of the New Deal, under which labor unions were given legal standing and protection. In ...

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