The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Institute for Labor Studies is off the chopping block for now, according to a letter sent out Saturday by the institute's only staff member, Judy Ancel. Last Friday, UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey decided not to immediately close the institute. Bailey changed his mind after a meeting with Gary Kemp, the Business Manager of the Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council, and Missouri State Sens. Victor Callahan and Chris Koster.
Check out her letter below.
Late Friday afternoon at a meeting between UMKC Chancellor Guy Bailey and Garry Kemp, Business Manager of the Greater Kansas City Building & Construction Trades Council, and Missouri State Senators Victor Callahan and Chris Koster, Chancellor Bailey announced he would not close The Institute for Labor Studies for now. He committed to sit down with me to discuss a restructuring which will preserve what we have. What we agree to will then be put in writing for approval by the labor community.
The struggle to save ILS isn't over, but I view this as a great step forward and appreciate the Chancellor's willingness to engage in further discussion about the future of labor education at UMKC....
Institute for Labor Studies
UMKC-211 Haag Hall
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110
-- Nadia Pflaum