Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies

Our faculty and staff provide a combination of in-person, group study and online courses, offering an opportunity to work toward a degree through studies that focus on work, workers and the working-class presence — social, cultural and institutional — in a historical and contemporary context.

Our center is located at Hudson Street in Manhattan.  Our other locations include Joint Board-IBEW Local 3 Headquarters in Flushing, Rochambeau School in White Plains, UA Plumbers Local Union 1 Training Center in Long Island City, and UFT Teacher Training Centers located in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

Labor studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the working-class presence and its forms that draws upon both the social sciences and the humanities.

From the Dean

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Welcome to the Van Arsdale Center

SUNY Empire State College’s Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies serves more than 1,000 trade unionists and other students annually and is home to more than 5,000 alumni. ... MORE

Reduced Services to Students Through the Holidays

The college will maintain reduced staffing between Dec. 24, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015 for the holidays. This means that, while some staff will be available to speak to students, services will be very limited until after the New Year.

The college recommends that students plan ahead to speak with their mentors regarding registration for the Spring 1 (January) term. Note: Registration for the Spring 1 term ends on Jan. 9, 2015. Late registration runs from Jan. 12 through 16.

With the exception of Dec. 24-26, 2014 the Student Information Center will be taking calls during this entire time period.

Library and Technology Help Desks

The library and technology help desk will operate during regular hours through Wednesday, Dec. 24, closing when the college closes.

These services are available 9 a.m.-5 p.m.:

  • Friday, Dec. 26
  • Monday, Dec. 29
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31
  • Friday, Jan. 2.

Labor Writes 2014 cover

The cover links to Labor Writes and opens in a new window.

Flipping Books™ features, such as a table of contents, zoom in or zoom to full screen, print, download, share (the entire document or selected pages) and document navigation are located in the tool bar across the bottom of the frame.

The publication's archive also includes a PDF for each issue.

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Poster links to information.

HVLC hosts International Labor and Working-Class History (ILWCH).