Former director says Labor Center in peril; UMass says otherwise –

AMHERST — When former University of Massachusetts Labor Center Director Eve Weinbaum was concerned about a $30,000 budget cut to the department, she sent an email to alumni and center supporters.

She didn’t expect the letter to take on a life of its own. “The email was for small group of supporters very involved with the Labor Center and know me personally,” she said.

But it got forwarded widely and reposted online. 

UMass officials, meanwhile, say the center is not in danger. “The narrative that the center and its faculty are under attack is simply untrue,” John A. Hird, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, wrote in a message to colleagues.

That Weinbaum’s letter gained so much attention, she said, is a testament to the passion people feel for the center. According to its website, the Labor Center is “home to a unique set of programs focused…

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