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UMKC’s Institute for Labor Studies program changes its name

Updated: 2013-06-04T21:32:02Z

Labor studies renamed

The Institute for Labor Studies, a program in the Economics Department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is changing its name.

The new title, Worker Education and Labor Studies, “reflects the needs of an evolving economy and broadens the mission of labor studies to include education, training and research about work and all working people,” the university said.

Program director and faculty member Judy Ancel said the program’s mission remains the same — to educate workers about labor law and their rights. Its topics include the global labor market economy, organized labor, the contingent workforce, underemployment and unemployment. The program also offers a Certificate Program in Labor Studies, which covers labor history, union leadership development, law, politics and bargaining.

With the name change, the program received a new logo designed by Ron Hoyle, an ironworker and artist.

Diane Stafford, stafford@kcstar.com

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