American Center for Labor Studies

American Center For Labor Studies

American Center for Labor Studies

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The American Center for Labor Studies (ACLS) is a non-profit organization which creates and disseminates labor history and labor studies materials to elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

Curriculum materials cover historical events such as the Haymarket Riot, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, and the current collective bargaining agreement in Major League Baseball. Labor culture, including music, art and literature, is another focus of the center. The center's Web site also contains links to original-source materials such as documents, news articles, biographies and oral histories. Recently developed materials include case studies and role-playing modules to teach students about the collective bargaining process.

The ACLS also partners with universities and colleges, state departments of education, and labor unions to develop learning materials and/or host them on the ACLS Web site.

ACLS is governed by a five-member board, and its work is carried out by 16 "members" who guide the development of its materials.

ACLS is housed in the Kate Mullaney House National Historic Landmark in Troy, New York.


  • Doster, Adam. "Labor Takes a Seat in the Classroom." In These Times. September 3, 2007.

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