Our mission

The Bureau of Labor Education (BLE) was established in August 1966 with an appropriation from the 102nd Maine Legislature and an official charge by the Trustees of the University of Maine directing that “appropriate and specialized educational programs (be made) available to members of the Maine labor force, both organized and unorganized.” The Bureau is a department within the University of Maine’s Division of Lifelong Learning. Essentially, the educational activities and resources of the BLE focus on providing Maine’s working people with information and knowledge designed to help them assess their own situation in relation to their history as working people and the economic, political, and social environment in which they live.

By working to fulfill its mission, the Bureau combines the three functions of the University – research, teaching, and public service – to provide an important segment of society with the opportunity for greater involvement in the life and affairs of the community, state, and nation.

Meet our staff

Contact us

Chadbourne HallBureau of Labor Education
5713 Chadbourne Hall, Room 210
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207.581.4124 | Fax: 207.581.4122
E-mail: labored@maine.edu