ERIC Number: ED192859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
Needs Assessment for a Labor Studies Program in Cooperation with Gateway Technical Institute and University of Wisconsin Parkside.
A survey of the leaders of the 124 union locals in southeastern Wisconsin was conducted by Gateway Technical Institute and the University of Wisconsin, Parkside, to identify the need for a structured, associate degree program in Labor Studies. The survey instrument solicited information on membership size, the practice of hiring an educational director, the types of educational programs that union members participate in, the willingness of local officials to serve on an advisory committee for the Labor Studies program, and the level of interest in such a program and in 17 Labor Studies topics. Major findings, based on a 50% response rate, indicate that while most locals, regardless of size, hire educational directors, membership participation in educational programs is more pronounced in larger unions. The School of Workers program was the most popular educational activity, followed by international and national education programs, and college courses. Only 14 of the respondents indicated that a member of their local would not serve on a college advisory committee, and 39 indicated that the Labor Studies program would be beneficial to the community. The educational topic generating the highest interest was leadership skills, followed by labor law, interpretation of labor agreements, administration, and collective bargaining. (Data tables and the questionnaire are provided.) (JP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gateway Technical Inst., Kenosha, WI.
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