Labor Studies Opportunities

Labor studies programs give members an opportunity to study the history of the labor movement, labor law and collective bargaining. These courses/programs examine worker, workplace and union-related subjects including the roles and functions of unions in the global economy and democratic societies.  UAW-Ford encourages employees to participate in labor studies opportunities so they may gain insight into and an understanding of issues and events that affect their lives, workplaces and communities.

Many colleges offer courses, certificate and degree programs in Labor Studies, both online and on-campus. Additionally, various organizations and colleges host conferences and trainings throughout the year.  Eligible UAW-Ford employees may use job-related PDA tuition assistance funds ($2,700) to cover tuition, books and conference registration fees for approved courses and conferences. Tuition assistance must be approved prior to attending. Reimbursements are not allowed and conference meals and travel expenses are not covered by the program.  For more information on some of the available Labor Studies programs, click on the links below.  For additional information contact the EDTP department at 1-800-367-3829 or email:

To apply for tuition assistance visit



Organization Conference
A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) Southern Region Conference: February 16-18, 2018

Midwest Region Conference: March 16 – 18, 2018

Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) Lake Buena Vista, FL May 23-28, 2018
Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) 2018 Information Coming Soon
United Association for Labor Education (UALE) 2018 UALE Conference – April 4-7, 2018, in Seattle.
UALE Midwest School for Women Workers  Twin Cities, MN June 25-28, 2018
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Wayne State University

More conferences to be announced soon!

Courses/Certificates/Degree Programs

Courses that offer college credits towards a certificate or degree program may be covered under ETAP tuition assistance ($6000/yr).  If you are unsure if  you should apply for ETAP or PDA funds, call or email us at 1-800-367-3829 or


State University of NY (SUNY) Empire State College – Online, On Campus

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Online, On Campus, Various locations in Illinois

University of Missouri-Kansas City  –   Online, On Demand, On Campus

Wayne State University –   Online, On Campus

Penn State – Online

Michigan State University – On Campus, Onsite, Conferences, Workshops

DePaul University Labor Education Center – On Campus

University of Michigan-Dearborn –   On Campus workshops

University of Missouri – St. Louis  On Campus

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