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McMaster University-HDLC Labour Studies Certificate Program

Fall 2019 Course Schedule

About Our Program

The McMaster Labour Studies  Certificate program is intended to meet the education goals of those wishing to pursue lifelong learning in a supportive and worker friendly environment. Courses are developed on principles of adult education as practiced in unions. The learning process is based on a commitment to students and respect for prior knowledge, workplace experiences and activism. 

When are Courses Offered? 

From September to May. Courses are 12 hours in length and are scheduled on weekends at McMaster University.

Our Instructors

Our instructors are recruited from a range of backgrounds including academics,  activists, and professional practitioners. All are recognized leaders in their field and are experienced adult educators.

Course Fees

$150 per course (includes all classroom materials) payable only by debit or credit card at the first class . Some scholarships are available to qualifying participants. Please contact the Labour Studies office for info.

Fall 2019 Courses

Unions, Politics, and the Elections

With Peggy Nash

Why should unions be involved in Politics? How should unions approach their members about political issues? What issues at stake in the October  Federal elections?

Sat-Sun, Sept 28-29

Public Sector Unionism

What are the challenges faced by unions in the public sector? How can union’s respond to increasing government ‘austerity’ and cuts to funding to the  public sector?

Sat-Sun, Oct 19-20

Challenges Facing the Labour  Pt 1

This foundational course looks at the ‘big picture’ of the role played by unions in the workplace and society. How can   organized labour stay relevant as a movement?                                                       Sat-Sun Nov 23-24

All classes 9:30-3:30, Kenneth Taylor Hall, Rm. 732, McMaster University, 1280, Main Street

Our Courses

We offer courses that span a wide range of subject areas and topics. We will also design and deliver courses geared to your local union members' interests.

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Challenges Facing the Labour  Movement
  • Steward Training
  • Building Leadership Skills
  • Women, Work and Unionism
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Unions and the Law
  • Arbitration
  • Labour and Contemporary Politics
  • Issues in Health and Safety
  • Current Labour Issues
  •  Labour in the New Economy
  •  History of the Labour Movement
  •  The Green Economy
  •  International Labour Solidarity

How to Obtain the Certificate

Students must complete 12 courses including the following 4 required courses to qualify for the Labour Studies Certificate:

  • History of the Canadian Labour Movement, Parts I & II
  • Challenges Facing the Labour   Movement, Parts I & II

Upon completion of the Labour Studies Certificate, students are eligible to  receive 6 units of undergraduate credit in first-year Labour Studies courses which may be used toward completion of a McMaster Labour Studies degree.

Contact Us:

For more info, to be added to our email update list, or to enrol in courses, contact Madisson Lambert at, 905.525.9140 Ext. 24015 , or Program

Coordinator Anthony Tambureno, 647.927.6825,

What our Students Say:

"The courses at McMaster Labour Studies have given me the  opportunity to mesh my current  union knowledge with a broader base of understanding of the labour movement. As a local leader in my own union, the content has dovetailed beautifully, enhancing my knowledge, leadership skills and understanding in an affordable way- joining like minded learners and leaders to move our fight forward and respect where we came from." - Amy Korzack, President  Halton DECE Designated Early Childhood Educators (ETFO)