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    Course: Introduction to Labor Leadership I - The Role of the Steward and Labor Law

    Learn about the roles and rights of being a steward, how to write and handle grievances, how to deal with management, and how to keep your workplace organized. You will also learn the rights of workers and union members under various labor laws including the National Labor Relations Act, Illinois public sector laws, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. *This class is offered every fall.

    Programs Associated with this Course
    • Certificate in DePaul Labor Leadership Certificate Program
    Who Should Attend

    This certificate program is intended for union, worker center and community-based organization members, staff, activists, and Executive Board officers. You are welcome to enroll at any level: Beginner (Working knowledge of topics), Competent (Good working and background knowledge of topics), or Proficient (Depth of understanding of topics).


    Upon completion of all six courses, you will:

    • Build on existing labor knowledge and skills
    • Gain a deeper understanding of labor issues and economic justice
    • Prepare to take on new levels of leadership in unions, worker centers and community-based organizations
    • Earn a Certificate of Achievement from DePaul University

    Professional Affiliations

    The Labor Leadership Certificate Program is presented in partnership with the Labor Education Center.


    Is there a required textbook?
    No, no textbooks are required for this program. Reading materials will be provided in class.

    Do I get DePaul credit for this class?
    No, but some DePaul CPE courses have been approved for continuing education units (CEUs). These classes are professional education classes with different requirements than courses taken for academic credit.

    Is this class offered in-class or online?
    This certificate program is offered both in-class and online.

    Will I have to write papers and take exams?
    There will be short papers and exams in some of the courses.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Jessica Cook-Qurayshi


    Upcoming Class Offerings

    Introduction to Labor Leadership I - The Role of the Steward and Labor Law

    Dates: 10/21/2023 - 11/18/2023
    Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Meeting Pattern Saturday
    Location: Online
    Cost: $550.00
    Registration Deadline: 10/21/2023 - a $75 late fee will be assessed after this date for late registrations
    Final Deadline: 10/28/2023 

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