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Introduction to Organized Labor

Time limit: 30 days

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Organized Labor

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4 Weeks



1-2 Hours Weekly




Gain a deep understanding of worker’s rights and advocacy

Course Description

This course provides a foundational understanding of the American labor movement. You will learn about what labor unions are, why they exist, and the events and individuals that shaped the labor movement as we know it today.   

Learning Objectives

  1. Students will understand what a labor union is and the relationship between the economy, at-will employment, and the need for unions. 
  2. Students will be able to construct a personal connection to historical events that shaped the labor movement. 
  3. Students will understand basic union values. 
  4. Students will understand the four tools unions need to gain power and become an equal partner to management in any organization 

Target Learner

Individuals working in a labor union or closely with labor unions that could benefit from an increased understanding of these powerful labor organizations.

Course Topics

  • Labor Unions
  • Labor Relations

Meet the Course Developers

Jim Begley, MPA

Director of William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies

Jim's Bio



This non-credit course is offered online using the Canvas LMS, over a 30-day period. It is asynchronous, but not self-paced. This course takes approximately 5 hours to complete. You will be assessed throughout the course to demonstrate proficiency on the subject matter. You must pass all assessments before receiving the course badge. 

Refunds: Please note the course price does not include any credit card processing fees required by our vendor. Refunds can be issued within 48 hours of registration; no refunds will be given after the course has begun.