Build a Foundation in the Theory and Practice Labor and Industrial Relations

The Labor & Community Studies department offers courses that explore working class history and workplace justice, and prepare you for careers in labor and community advocacy.

Our Courses  Study

The course of study includes instruction in the following:

  • Labor history
  • Labor and politics
  • Labor law
  • Labor economics
  • Labor relations and collective bargaining
  • Pension, health and welfare issues
  • Grievance handling and arbitration
  • Women's employment issues
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Employment discrimination
  • Steward training
  • Contemporary labor issues
  • Communications for labor leaders

Electives have been recommended to strengthen students' knowledge and skills in selected areas, to guide students in selecting courses to fulfill the requirements for graduation from the College, and to aid students considering further education at a branch of the California State University and Colleges or the University of California.

Labor and Community Studies AA-T

We offer two-year program that provides a comprehensive introduction to the role and contributions of organized labor to American society; a thorough grounding in the rights of employees on the job; and a specialized training in the skills necessary to be an effective practitioner in the field of labor and industrial relations. Students who satisfy the requirements for graduation from the College and complete the required Labor Studies courses with the average grade of C (2.00 grade-point average) or higher receive the degree of Associate in Science in Labor Studies.

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