Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, November 03, 1980, Page 7, Image 7

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    LERC provides many labor-related services
By MARIAN GREEN
Of th« Emerald
One of the least-known
University programs is the only
center of its kind west of Denver
and north of Berkeley.
The 3-year-old Labor Educa
tion and Research Center, with
offices on the bottom floor of
PLC, provides a myriad of
Scholarships
supplement
financial aid
There’s more than just finan
cial aid for University students
who need money for school.
Students also can apply for
numerous scholarships that
range from the Max Tucker
scholarship to the Coca-Cola
scholarship, founded by the
president of the Eugene Bottling
Company.
Available to students based
mainly on merit and financial
need, University scholarships
are divided into two categories
— scholarships available
through the financial aid
department and those available
through each University
department.
Each department decides its
own application requirements
and deadlines for scholarships.
The journalism, music and law
schools account for the grea
test number of scholarships.
Each publishes a list of available
funds.
Other departments post lists
on office bulletin boards and
make announcements in
classes. Freshmen through
graduate students can apply.
Students can apply for
University scholarships through
a general application in the fin
ancial aid office. Applications
are available now and are due
March 1.
Applicants are reviewed by a
faculty-student committee that
chooses recipients exclusively
on merit. The financial aid office
then selects students who
qualify for scholarships based
on scholastic ability.
It’s harder to win a scholar
ship on merit because there are
fewer scholarships in that ca
tegory, says Carol Richard, as
sistant financial aid director.
The general scholarship pro
gram has a total of $275,580 in
funding. The Culberson award
based on financial aid and
scholastic achievement is the
largest with $52,000 funding per
year.
Recent University budget
cuts haven’t affected scholar
ship funding because scholar
ships rely on private funding,
Richard says.
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labor-related services. The ser
vices include workshops on
collective bargaining, labor law,
union administration, and basic
unionism.
LERC is best known for its
Occupational Safety and Health
program.
The program teaches how to
spot on-the-job hazards, how to
use the law if an unsafe work
condition crops up and how to
improve general work safety.
LERC also offers a program
on job stress and its relationship
to job safety and employee
health. LERC Director Emory
Via says the program involves a
new concept of “ergo-econ
omics” - designing jobs with the
employee in mind.
“We work with people from
the rank and file of unions, the
full-time staff and the inter
mediate leadership,” Via says,
adding that LERC serves about
50 different unions.
Via says the union members
who come to LERC are highly
motivated. "We feel that we’ve
had an extraordinarily good re
sponse from labor organiza
tions and individuals who have
taken courses from us.”
Via says it's often difficult to
judge the success of LERC's
programs.
"As is the case in most
education, we get a good idea of
response in class but some
times have to wait for actual
outcome,” Via says, citing a
young union steward's letter
praising a LERC leadership
course he took.
"He described himself as a
'milk toast’ who didn’t know
quite how to protect his workers
interests.” But after taking the
course the man said he felt
more confident.
"We’re interested in these
practical consequences,” Via
says. "Our program is
broad-ranging because we re a
general labor education pro
gram. Our mandate from the
Legislature and the State Board
of Higher Education is
statewide.”
LERC faculty members reach
about 25 communities through
out the state. They spend as
little as a weekend or as much
as a week in each community,
depending on the type of ser
vice they’re providing
“During the past year, we
reached about 3,400 people.
Most of our program is short
course work and non-credit,’’
Via says.
“We tailor a program to meet
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the particular industry's needs
because what takes place in the
construction industry is differ
ent from what takes place in the
timber industry.”
LERC occasionally has of
fered University courses on a
restricted basis at the senior or
graduate student level, but
“we re not adequately staffed to
offer many on-campus
courses," Via says.
The number of LERC faculty
members fluctuates.
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