University of Arkansas

UALR College of Business


Labor Education Staff


diane Diane Thomas-Holladay is the Director of the Labor Education Program at the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition to planning and overseeing LEP activities,  Diane teaches in a wide variety of areas, including labor and employment law, collective bargaining, arbitration, union leadership, new work systems and worker participation, and popular economics.  She also teaches a senior level Labor and Industrial Relations class for the College of Business.  She is an associate member of the United Steelworkers, and a past member of the American Federation of Teachers. She has a BA in Humanities-Pre Law and an MA in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.
Contact Diane at 501.569-8477 or e-mail at

grainger Grainger Ledbetter is a Labor Education Specialist responsible for teaching steward training, collective bargaining, arbitration and effective union leadership. He worked as Executive Director of the Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association, an affiliate of the Arkansas Education Association and the National Education Association. Grainger was elected president of both LRCTA and AEA and served on the executive boards of the National Council of Urban Education Associations and the National Council of State Education Associations. He began his career as an English teacher in the Little Rock School District and has a BA in English and Education from Syracuse University. He is currently an associate member of the United Steelworkers, a member of the National Staff Organization and life member of the AEA.
Contact Grainger at 501.569.8478 or e-mail at

randy Randy Wright is a Labor Education Specialist and Deputy Director of the Institute for Economic Advancement at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Randy is responsible for teaching in the areas of steward training, collective bargaining, arbitration, and labor and employment law, including workers' compensation. He was a practicing attorney for nearly 23 years, concentrating in labor and employment, workers' compensation and contract law. He has also worked as a staff attorney for the Arkansas Ethics Commission and as Chief Appeals Referee for the Arkansas Appeals Tribunal, where he handled unemployment benefits appeals. He taught labor law and business law for Webster University and has been actively involved in continuing legal education programs involving civil rights, labor, employment, ethics, administrative law, health law, and related fields. He has frequently been an invited speaker at national seminars on labor law, governmental ethics, civil rights, unemployment, health law, and workers' compensation. He is an associate member of the United Steelworkers.
Contact Randy at 501.569.3444 or e-mail at

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Labor Education Program
Diane Thomas-Holladay, Director
UALR Institute for Economic Advancement
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204-1099
FAX: 501-569-8538