Abel Valenzuela Jr.
Fall 2020 - Professor Valenzuela really cares about his students. Even with remote learning during covid, his lectures were engaging and the assigned material provides great inspiration for the final research paper. Students get an overview of labor history and current labor campaigns. He also invites guest speakers who are active in those campaigns so they can give first-hand experience to reinforce the reading materials. The textbooks are actually books published by the UCLA Labor Center and they're very reasonably priced, you can get them in a bundle from the Labor Center website.
Professor is average at best his problem is he does not elaborate on the readings in lecture, he merely dictates the articles and summarizes. The readings aren't that bad, but some are long and you can basically just skim through it because he goes over them it DETAIL in lecture. The mid-term was kinda a pain, but i got a B on it and still got an A in the class, so pretty much its an easy GE. take the class but don't expect to learn anything extraordinary or be entertained.