We attempt to promote an understanding of labor and labor unions by holding educational forums, a Labor Research Workshop, the annual McBride lecture, and other events. We work with students interested in internships and careers in the labor field and develop labor-oriented courses. We seek to understand the interests and concerns of working people through an ongoing dialogue with workers and local and national labor organizations. We encourage and promote labor research and publish reports, such as the recent report on "right-to-work" legislation.
The Monsignor George G. Higgins Labor Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame is dedicated to initiating and promoting research and teaching curricula that are relevant to the questions, needs, and interests of people who work for a living. An understanding of the working conditions, attitudes, and goals of workers informs the research. The Program supports unions as legitimate ways for working people to express, defend, and engage their interests in the national and global community.