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The American Labor Movement

Trace the beginning of the American labor movement from legislation currently affecting workers to what the future may hold. From the beginning of labor-management cooperation to the development of the high-performance workplace, explore the origins of unions and how their evolution has affected the collective bargaining process today. 

Compare public- and private-sector union structures; examine labor developments in the 19th and 20th centuries; review the Wagner Act; and discuss the growth of public employee unions and union structure. Other areas discussed include strikes and their alternatives, as well as trends in collective bargaining.


Richard Boyd, M.A., is a highly experienced negotiator with more than 30 years of experience working in organized labor. Other strengths include leadership development, strategic planning and thinking, organizing and organizational development. He has worked for the CTA, CSEA, SEIU and United Steelworks of America. Boyd has also volunteered for such organizations as 100 Black Men, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys Club of America and the YMCA.


Sept. 16-Nov. 25: Tues., 6-9 p.m. (no meeting Nov. 11)


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Technical requirements:

Certain elements of this class will be conducted online. You must have a computer with access to the Internet and an email account in order to complete this course. If you plan to access an online course using an iPad, iPod or an iPhone there are a variety of Flash web browsers available in the App Store that can enable your iPad/iPod/iPhone to view Flash content.


Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St, Sacramento, CA




$775.00 ($825.00 if postmarked after 09/02/2014).

Special Discounts:

10% discount for organizations enrolling three or more people at the same time in the same course. All registrations must be submitted at the same time and fees paid with one check, credit card or purchase order.
10% discount for SHRM, SAHRA and LERANC members


3 quarter units academic credit, X422.7, 30 HRCI Hours

Required textbooks:

There Is Power in a Union: The Epic Story of Labor in America by Philip Dray ISBN 9780307389763. Buy this book from the UC Davis Bookstore.






Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning

Labor-Management Relations