Over the past few years, students have been choosing to take most of their courses online, so we haven’t had the need for a huge campus with residence halls and meeting space. Last year, NLC’s Board of Trustees decided to sell the 47-acre property and relocate the College. After much research and investigation, we have decided to move to downtown Silver Spring, Maryland. Just this week, NLC entered into an exclusive “Letter of Intent” to sell the Silver Spring property to a partnership composed of Reid Temple AME Church and the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. There are several steps before the sale is final, but this is an important first one for the College.
On Friday, April 26, the National Labor College community will come together to commemorate Workers Memorial Day — a day set aside to honor the memory of workers who have been killed, injured, or made sick on the job.
Please join us for a symposium, “From Mourning to Mass Movements: Garment Workers, Fire Safety, and the International Fight for Social Justice,” in the Auditorium of NLC’s campus in Silver Spring, Maryland, from 1:15-2:45 pm. Invited panelists include:
On April 28 – Workers Memorial Day – we pause to remember those workers who have been killed, injured, or made sick at work. For NLC graduate Brian Wood, every day is Workers Memorial Day. Brian works as an advocate for worker safety and health in his position as Labor Liaison at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region VII, where he also serves as American Federation of Government Employees’ Local 1748 union steward.
Brian’s passion for workplace safety grew out of his job as a journeyman wireman and the work he did while serving on the Safety Committee of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ Local 725 for three years. That work prompted him to finish his degree at National Labor College because he decided a career in worker safety and health was something he wanted to pursue full time.
The theme of this year’s event was “Forward!” — highlighting the excitement that has been building at NLC over the past couple of years as we expand our rigorous programs and student-focused services to bring high quality accessible and affordable collegiate education to more men and women of the labor movement. There is nothing more important to us than the power of education to improve the lives of those in our labor community.
This past President’s Day weekend, National Labor College students pursuing their degrees in the School of Labor Studies spent four days together in the intensive residency component of the Living Labor History class – a class which introduces students to the major developments of working people, their organizations, and their communities over the course of American history.
“I love to learn!” Not surprising words from a man who has dedicated his life to education. Nathan Saunders is President of the Washington Teachers’ Union, which represents 4,000 active and 2,500 retired public school teachers. He is responsible for contract negotiations, ensuring proper working conditions, and serves as the voice for public school teachers in DC.
He is also a proud supporter of National Labor College’s (NLC) labor-focused educational offerings. Saunders received his Master’s Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies with a concentration in negotiation and conflict management from the University of Baltimore through a partnership with NLC. Saunders has been involved with NLC since he graduated from the Harvard Trade Union program in 2008. Continue reading
This Valentine’s Day, we asked faculty, staff, and administration at National Labor College to share with us what they love about NLC. Here are just a few of the outstanding women and men who work every day to carry out NLC’s mission.
“I love NLC’s mature student population who are self-expressed and bold leaders.” -Steve Krone, Director of the Construction Management degree program. Continue reading
National Labor College students from numerous unions across the country spent Veterans Day weekend learning from their classmates at the Living Labor History class held at Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies. The four-day course is part of the requirements for students pursuing degrees in the School of Labor Studies.
The intensive class consisted of small and large group discussions, labor film review and discussion, a labor history lecture, an archives review exercise at University of Maryland’s Hornbake Library, and a night of singing labor songs with Joe Uehlein. Many of the discussions looked at current labor issues and what lessons can be learned from the past. Continue reading
One of the biggest difficulties that union members face is that people don’t understand who we really are, says Mark Fuller of Kansas City, MO. “People don’t realize that we’re their neighbors, we’re in the car behind them picking up our kids at the same schools, we buy groceries at the same place,” says Mark.
“It’s because we don’t tell our story enough. In fact we don’t tell it at all. But we can’t tell our story if we don’t know it ourselves.” Continue reading