The following statement was issued by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, UMass Amherst; President Steven Tolman, Massachusetts AFL-CIO; and President Francis Callahan, Massachusetts Building Trades Council:
After a productive meeting in Boston this week, we are united in reaffirming our commitment to support the vital work of the UMass Amherst Labor Center. For more than half a century, the center has been at the vanguard of preparing labor leaders in Massachusetts and throughout the country. We are resolved to work together to revitalize the Labor Center so that it maintains its status as one of the nation’s best in its field.
A number of recent reports concerning the status of the Labor Center, both in print and online, have called into question the university’s commitment to Labor Studies and to the labor movement more generally. We want to jointly emphasize that the UMass administration continues to be deeply committed to the center’s important work. We are all committed to restoring the program’s vitality.
We will cohost a meeting at the UMass Amherst campus in the coming weeks with key stake holders in the Labor Center to consider ways that the UMass administration, labor, and key stake holders can partner to strengthen the Labor Center so that it can continue to play a leading role in advancing the cause of organized labor and Massachusetts workers for many years to come.
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