Save Labor Studies at University of Missouri, Kansas City
PETITION TO RESTORE FULL FUNDING FOR THE INSTITUTE FOR LABOR STUDIES (ILS) AT UMKC
TO: Guy Bailey, Chancellor UMKC
Karen Vorst, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences UMKC
SPONSORED BY: UMKC chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
BACKGROUND: Although ILS was given a short reprieve, it is still slated for termination. Please sign the petition to insure it has a future.
The current civilian labor force in the United States numbers over 153,000,000 people. Labor studies is the only academic discipline that focuses on the conditions and needs of that workforce and the history of working people.
In the summer of 2007 UMKC announced it was closing the Institute for Labor Studies by defunding it. ILS is the only labor education program between Columbia, MO and Albuquerque, NM. ILS provides crucial services to our community and educates working people about their rights, for example, through credit and non-credit courses, conferences, and the weekly radio show, Heartland Labor Forum, on Community Radio KKFI 90.1 FM.
We the undersigned, recognizing the value of labor education, particularly at a time of outsourcing and continuing attacks on unions and our standard of living, strongly urge UMKC to restore full funding for the Institute of Labor Studies.
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Many thanks to all those who wrote the Chancellor in response to our earlier appeal. And many thanks in advance for your help with this petition.