Atlantic Region Labour Education Centre
Organization profile published 1977
Publisher: St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S., Canada
Year Published: 1977
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX491
The Atlantic Region Labour Education Centre (ARLEC) was established in recognition of the fact that labour's ability to contribute to society's improvement is determined primarily by the vitality and currency of its stock of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
Abstract: The Atlantic Region Labour Education Centre (ARLEC) was established in recognition of the fact that labour's ability to contribute to society's improvement is determined primarily by the vitality and currency of its stock of knowledge, skills and attitudes. From the outset in 1972, ARLEC's board of directors insisted on a type of educational program which aims primarily at sharpening the social consciousness of unions, rather than their negotiating and contract administration skills. While the Centre recognizes that a union's primary function continues to be the protection of employee rights, it attempts to construct an educational experience which takes the unionist beyond parochial job interests. The hope is that the ARLEC student on returning home will assert a stronger influence and become a louder voice in the larger concerns of community, province and country. The courses, which last two weeks, have a participatory format and are complemented by resource people.
Courses of study include:
1) Social Role of Labour today - explores the historical role trade unionism has played in shaping many of today's social reforms and examines future concerns.
2) Union Organization and Structure in Canada - examines interrelationships of locals, district and labour councils, provincial federations, CLC and international organizations.
3) Future Trends in Collective Bargaining - examine the effects of structural changes in industry and in the economy upon collective bargaining.
4) The Atlantic Economy - analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the present economic situation and the possibilities for bettering it.
5) Understanding Community Organizations - examines the working of local government and the methods of participating in its affairs.
6) Public Communications - examines methods that will enable the student to communicate more effectively her/his point of view via the media.
7) Leadership Dynamics - develops leadership potential.