2021 HTUP Workshop

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Building upon the Trade Union Program’s commitment to education and guidance for the labor movement, we have designed a multi-class online workshop that combines the highlights and strengths of our core curriculum with a focus on current urgent challenges: overcoming the raging pandemic, navigating the economic recession, and achieving pathways to racial justice.

The workshop consists of twelve class sessions led by experts in their fields. The workshop will not be a passive webinar where participants only listen to the experts, but instead this will be an interactive learning experience with small group breakouts, case studies, and readings. The best way to learn is to be actively involved in developing ideas and solutions. We will cover many big issues that have been under fierce societal debate, but hopefully, through this process, we will have a better understanding of the issues and the directions to move forward.

For HTUP alumni, this will be a good refresher course to reinvigorate your soul by learning from and interacting with other union leaders and experts from around the world. Ideally, it will bring back that spark and ways of thinking you experienced in the HTUP.

The workshops are designed for current and former labor leaders, but we welcome anyone dealing with and interested in these issues.

Topics and instructors include:

  • Advancing Worker Protections in a Covid and Post-Covid Workplace - David Weil, Dean and Professor at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University
  • Covid-19: An Institutional Stress Test – Elaine Bernard, Wertheim Fellow, LWP and Former Executive Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School
  • The Scary Reality of Climate Change and Implications for WorkRichard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, Harvard University and Co-Faculty Director of the Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School and Xi Hu, Labor and Worklife Fellow, LWP, Harvard Law School
  • Labor Law in the New Congress and Biden Administration – Benjamin Sachs, Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, Harvard Law School and Co-Faculty Director of the Labor and Worklife Program.
  • Labor, Capitalism and the Question of Racial Justice– Bill Fletcher Jr., Author
  • Overview of the Economy - William Spriggs, Professor of Economics, Howard University and Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO
  • Pandemic Around the World – HTUP Alumni
  • Innovation in Worker Organization for a 21st Century Labor Movement – Marilyn Sneiderman, Director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations and Sheri Davis, Associate Director for WILL Empower with the Center for Innovation in Worker Organization in the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.
  • Covid and Capital Stewardship David Webber, Professor of Law, Boston University and Christopher Mackin, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations
  • Health and Safety Crash Course for Organizers – Facilitators: Jessica E. Martinez, Co-executive Director, National COSH, Peter Dooley, Senior Project Coordinator, National COSH, Marianela Acuña Arreaza, Southern Region Coordinator, National COSH
  • Introduction and Conclusion - Facilitators:  Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Co-executive director of National COSH and Elaine Bernard, Wertheim Fellow, LWP.

Dates and Times

The workshops consist of ten 90 minute sessions over four days, on two consecutive Thursdays and Fridays. The same workshop will be given twice, once in February and once in March. The dates for the workshop are February 11 & 12, 18 &19 or March 11 & 12, 18 & 19. The workshops will be held between 3-8 pm EST. We have chosen late afternoon to facilitate the fullest participation possible for our friends in different time zones. 


Tuition for the workshops is $1000 (which includes all four days).  We offer an early registration discount -- register by December 31, 2020, and tuition is reduced to $800. We also offer a group discount -- any organization that registers five participants can include a sixth participant for free.  The final registration deadline is February 2, 2021. 


Registration is closed Your registration is not complete until payment is received. 


You can pay online by either check or credit card or you can mail in a check.  

Otherwise, make check payable to the Harvard Trade Union Program and mail it to:
50 Church Street, 3rd floor

Cambridge, MA 02138

For questions, contact Alida Castillo at 617-495-7678 or htup@law.harvard.edu

Download HTUP Workshop flyer  (PDF)


See also: HTUP

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