(C.L.E.A.R.) Center for Labor Education & Research
The learning outcomes of the Labor Studies faculty at the Center for Labor Education and Research are to assist UH West O‘ahu students to:
The Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR) was established in 1976 by State Law, HRS §304-34 (Act 202). Part of the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu, CLEAR is designed to provide labor education, research and labor-related programs to workers, their organizations and the general public through a variety of methods including classroom instruction, seminars, workshops, publications and the use of the public media.
- Understand and appreciate the role of Labor in society.
- Engage in critical thinking, reflection, and constructive action on the importance of social, political, and economic issues as they relate to the workplace.
- Develop the ability to use insights drawn from literature, history, and philosophy in order to reflect critically on issues of work and society.
- Acquire and develop knowledge of various aspects of labor law, including collective bargaining, worker, and individual rights.
- Understand labor and workplace issues in a global context.
- Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and ethics necessary for the responsible leadership of labor organizations.
- Acquire and develop communication skills necessary to intervene wisely in shaping their environment on the job, in their unions, and in the community.
Located at the ewa end of the Leeward Community College/UH West O‘ahu campus, CLEAR is an endowed outreach program providing educational programs on a non-profit basis to the labor community, university students, and the general public. CLEAR maintains a labor research web site with an online newsletter and publishes a variety of books and handbooks, including a guide to Hawai‘i Labor History, and, when funds are available, produces the public television program, Rice & Roses.
Other publications include individualized workshop packets designed to accompany the Center’s classes, such as programs on Labor History, Workers’ Compensation, Grievance Handling, Labor Law, Collective Bargaining, Preventing Employment Discrimination, and Conflict Resolution and Leadership Skills. Like its research projects, the Center’s seminars and educational programs are all designed to be of practical application to workers, their organizations and policy-makers.
To complement each of these primary activities of the Center, CLEAR maintains the following:
Most of the videotapes may be viewed at the Center or borrowed, but access to the special collections is by appointment only and must be arranged in advance. The research library contains the basic BNA loose-leaf services as well as many supplemental materials.
- Hawai‘i labor history archive
- labor-relations research library
- Film/Videotape collection
The labor history archive contains a clipping file on local unions in Hawai‘i as well as an ever-growing collection of contracts, union newsletters, books and pamphlets focusing on Hawai‘i’s labor history.
Among the most highly prized components of this special collection are: the old "day-books" of the Hawai‘i Carpenters' Union, Prof. Beechert's Hawai‘i sugar plantation files, The Honolulu Record, videotapes and transcripts of interviews, documents and photographs of over 90 informants involved in the Great Hawai‘i Sugar Strike of 1946; the correspondence file of the Hawai‘i office of the AFL-CIO from 1940 to 1982; the files of the Honolulu Central Labor Council; production files and interview tapes from its many Rice & Roses research projects; and authors’ notes and research files for CLEAR’s labor history publications.
Kapolei, HI 96707
Phone: (808) 689-2760
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