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

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Cover links to Labor Writes.

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Poster links to information.

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