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Begins at 6:00PM on Monday, February 26, and runs weekly until March 25, 2024


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Power and Struggle, The Forces That Shaped the Labor Movement

March 4 @ 6:00 pm

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Begins at 6:00PM on Monday, February 26, and runs weekly until March 25, 2024
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Course Description:

When students finish this class, they will have a good understanding of:

  • Where Unions and Corporations came from.
  • Our country before capitalism.
  • How industry started in this country.
  • How and why industry grew in the early years.
  • Where and how holding companies began and their effects on industry, labor, the economy, and government.
  • Where Labor Day came from and the development of unions as we know them.
  • Our predominant labor leaders and how our struggles formed who we are.
  • The effect Labor had in changing our laws in favor of our cause.
  • How and why labor law developed.
  • Economic theory. The differences between liberal and conservative and the history of each.
  • Why capitalism needs a strong dose of regulatory law for its survival.

Instructor Bio:

David graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Labor Studies Program in 1990 and went on to do graduate studies in Dispute Resolution. Over the course of his 42-year career, he spent about 25 years as an active board member for his union, and more than half of those years serving as its President.

In 2014 he was asked to teach a course at the Labor Guild. Not knowing what to teach, he asked. What is it that I wanted students to learn that I didn’t learn in my formal education?’ “And the one thing I didn’t understand well at the time was how labor unions began and how we got to the predicament we’re in today?” So he put together a course called “Power and Struggle, drawing on economics, government, and the history of the labor movement.

After teaching courses for a few years, Kowalski was asked to join the Guild’s board of directors. In January 2019, he was asked to take over as President and fill the role of Executive Director, where he served in both roles from March 2019 to December 31, 2022. He now continues to serve on the Guild’s Executive Board.

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