Current Committee Projects and Programs

linscomm1009Collective Bargaining Education Project The Collective Bargaining Education Project (CBEP) was founded in 1997 to promote education about how labor and management resolve workplace conflicts through the methods developed in collective bargaining negotiations. Utilizing a simulation/role play method, the award-winning program brings lessons throughout the year to high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District and elsewhere. More...

Golden Lands, Working Hands
An award-winning ten-part, three hour video series that originally aired on California PBS stations, this curriculum brings labor history alive for high school and college students.  Praised by educators, labor leaders, and students, GLWH explores California history from the point of view of its working families. More...

May is Safe Jobs for Youth Month
Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2269 in 2012 to establish "Labor History Month" in May.  May is also "Safe Jobs for Youth" month.  Visit youngworkers.org to find out what you can do in your community to educate and protect working teens!

Download this year's Safe Jobs for Youth Month Resource Kit (teaching activity, community service suggestions, the winning poster, tips for parents, and more). For more info call Diane Bush at 510-643-2424.

  • See the 2013 Teen Poster Contest winners
  • View the 2013 Teen Video Public Service Announcement Contest winners
  • Find lots more info for teens, parents, teachers and employers!

Speaker's Commission on Labor Education
Founded by Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg in 2001, the Commission helps students understand the role of the labor movement in history and contemporary society. Its projects have included legislation, exhibits, and supplementary Social Studies curricula approved by the California Department of Education. Each year the Commission supports Labor History Month with events and information throughout the state. More...

Education and Labor Collaborative
The Education and Labor Collaborative was founded by a group of progressive university teacher preparation professors interested in why there is little labor education in K-12 social studies, and dedicated to remedying that problem.  Members of the CFT Labor in the Schools Committee serve on its advisory board.  It has held three conferences and published a book, Organizing the Curriculum, on the topic. The 2009 conference (click here for a report) was held at Antioch University and in the offices of United Teachers Los Angeles, on the theme of "Teaching for a new 'New Deal.'" In March 2008, several CFT Labor in the Schools Committee members traveled to the United Federation of Teachers offices in New York to join like minded educators and labor activists in the first conference.

National K-12 Labor Education Conference
The Labor in the Schools Committee proposed a resolution at the 2008 CFT convention to call on the AFT to sponsor a national K-12 Labor Education conference and task force.  Thanks to networking at the Education and Labor Collaborative conference in New York, a similar resolution then passed the United Federation of Teachers.  Working together, the CFT and UFT helped the resolution pass the summer 2008 AFT convention in Chicago.  A similar resolution passed the national AFL-CIO convention in September 2009.  Pledges of support have come from the United Association for Labor Education and the International Labor Communications Association.

Around the Committee
The hyperproductive Bill Morgan is author of the Committee's most recent elementary curriculum, Mission Labor, a bilingual English/Spanish pamphlet for fourth grade social studies.  He is now working on a collection of "labor hero trading cards," and a farm labor comic book, with artwork by the late legendary comic book artist Spain....And Phyllis Chiu's smash hit, Yummy Pizza Company, has just been revised as the Yummy Strawberry Company, set for rollout later this year.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is bringing the Collective Bargaining Education Project to a school district near you, and you can ask her to bring it to yours.....

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Order Golden Lands, Working Hands

Golden Lands, Working Hands is a three hour video series that introduces students, union members and the general public to California labor history. Order online here.