The Labor Program Council

The Labor Program Council advises and assists the Vice President for Labor and Student Life and the Dean of Labor in interpreting and applying the vision for the Student Labor Program. It works to sustain the vision by providing opportunities for the Berea College community to reflect on local and global issues in the world of work. The Labor Program Council also works with People Services and other campus offices to better link the goals and policies of the Student Labor Program with those of Berea College’s workplaces and workers by developing goals for both the learning and workplace performance of students and for the program as a whole.

When student-initiated labor grievances—including those related to discrimination—cannot be resolved through administrative channels, the Labor Program Council will convene a grievance board as outlined in the Student Labor Grievance Procedure. When a student is suspended for labor reasons and chooses an appeal by committee, the Labor Program Council will serve as the appellate board. All student labor-related misconduct requiring a hearing (falsification of time, theft of equipment, etc.) will be adjudicated according to the Community Judicial Code.

The Labor Program Council membership shall include: a person from the Labor Program Office who is responsible for training and assessment; a person who is involved with the allocation of student labor positions; a person from People Services who provides training for Labor and other supervisors; three working supervisor/mentors from diverse work areas elected by the General Faculty Assembly, including one member of the College Faculty Assembly and two non-teaching members of the General Faculty—one exempt and one non-exempt; two students appointed by the Student Government Association whose work experiences are diverse; and the Dean of Labor who will serve ex-officio. Elected members will serve three-year terms. The Labor Program Council will invite and include other voices as needed.