Labor Education and Research Now (LEARN)

Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN):

Empowering People. Transforming Communities. ​

 

LEARN is the educational extension division of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations (LSER) in the Rutgers University School for Management and Labor Relations (SMLR). The State of New Jersey established the Rutgers Institute for Management and Labor Relations in 1947 in order to provide extension services that would both help to foster labor – management cooperation in New Jersey workplaces and educate labor- management representatives and the general public about the advantages of such cooperation as well as the means to achieve it. Programs that encourage labor-management cooperation have remained central to the mission of SMLR, even after it became a fully-fledged degree-granting “School” at Rutgers University in 1994. But as its degree offerings have grown, the school’s constituent departments, centers and programs have also expanded to encompass other concerns beyond those of its original focus. LEARN sponsors public programs and activities that reflect this broader focus, disseminating knowledge, skills and ideas that: (a) strengthen the community at work; (b) facilitate its organization on a more democratic basis; and, (c) address unjustified inequalities of power and wealth in the wider society. For more information about LEARN, click on the links in the sidebar to the left of your screen.

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