The Metro Labour Education Centre (MLEC) opened its doors on Massey Street near King Street West in Toronto in 1988. The Centre was originally intended as a resource for labour unions to deliver labour education, adjustment programs, leadership and activist training and advocacy for workers and disadvantaged populations. The working-class world view embedded in LEC’s philosophy of teaching and training was a critical aspect of the Centre’s work as it started as the Centre for Labour Studies through a partnership with Humber College. This relationship ultimately ended and a new partnership created with George Brown College.
Many well-known Torontonians have worked at or been associated with MLEC. These include, among many others, Winnie Ng, recently appointed distinguished visiting scholar at Ryerson University, Marcie Ponte, a 2018 YWCA Woman of Distinction, Jorge Garcia-Orgales, the recipient of a Skills for Change New Pioneers Award in 1994, and Jennifer Stephen, now a professor at York University. While she was at MLEC Jennifer was part of a tracking study that led to a change in the delivery of labour adjustment programming in Ontario.
The Centre provided support for union members facing workplace challenges, developed labour education programs, workplace learning and literacy programs, and adjustment programs for displaced workers. “In the 90s it offered the fullest complement of union-based computer and Internet training courses in the country”. In addition, many of today’s union leaders took leadership training courses at the Centre.
About this Event:
Join Labour Education Centre & The Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MLTSD) for an information session and Q&A focusing on what employers and employees need to know about employment standards and occupational health and safety related to COVID-19.
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Wed, Feb 17, 2021, 11:30 PM IST
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