Collective 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.
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.
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