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University of Iowa Labor Center


Start marking your calendar for the beginning of 2021!

The following classes will be taught remotely, using the Zoom platform. All participants will need an email address, access to an internet connection, and a computer.

Click here to download flyer listing spring 2021 courses.


Collective Bargaining (private sector)

February 2-5 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day) – registration deadline is January 20

A hands-on approach intended to get union staff, officers, and bargaining team members ready for bargaining. Includes sessions on bargaining law, preparation and research, member mobilizing, community support, media and communications, persuasive techniques, impasse resolution, and a practice bargaining session. We will also cover tips/suggestions for conducting bargaining using an on-line platform.

Registration: $200/person. Click here to register on line.


Building Trades Steward School

March 2-4 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

Designed specifically for building trades unions, this program prepares union stewards for effective worksite representation. Topics include the roles and legal rights of stewards, as well as an introduction to labor history and union values, and enforcement of Davis-Bacon and other standards.

Registration: $200/person. Click here to register on line.


69th Labor Short Course

April 12-16 (9:00 am-4:00 pm each day)

The Labor Center’s longest running annual course. A week-long class designed to introduce newer union activists to many of the issues facing organized labor, plus sessions to improve practical skills needed by stewards and other union leaders. Topics covered will include labor history, labor and employment law, grievance and arbitration basics, organizing and communication skills, and a range of key economic and policy issues affecting workers. A great opportunity to build the leadership necessary to strengthen your union for the future.

Registration: $300/person. Click here to register on line.


FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Compensation

May 18-20 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

In-depth review of workers’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Iowa Workers’ Compensation law. Course will cover how FMLA, ADA, and work comp apply in real-world contexts; how each law interacts with each other, with collective bargaining agreements, and employer policies on leave, attendance, injury, and disability; and roles for unions in advocating for affected workers and enforcing legal rights in the workplace.

Registration: $200/person. Click here to register on line.





Iowa Women in Trades January Zoom Gathering

6:30 pm, Thursday, Jan. 7

Kick off a new year with the Iowa Women in Trades with our first Zoom gathering of 2021! If you’re already a tradeswoman at any level of experience (apprentice, journey-level, instructor, etc.), or if you’re curious about a career in the trades and want to hear from other women who’ve been there, or if you’re ready to connect with others and be part of building new opportunities for women … then the Iowa Women in Trades Network is for you!


Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining the meeting.


This month: Let's put Iowa on the map! We will take a look at how some states have already doubled or tripled participation of women in apprenticeship, and plan for next steps in our Iowa communities in 2021.


Hosted by the University of Iowa Labor Center with support from the Iowa Women’s Foundation and Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council.




While we still miss being with all of you in person, there’s no need to wait to bring labor education back to your local union! We’ve been developing our online education delivery systems since spring and are excited to be offering customized Zoom classes to local unions. Topics available include steward training, workers’ rights under laws like FMLA, ADA or workers’ compensation, labor history, health & safety, organizing, and much more.

What can you expect from an online Labor Center class?

  • We work with you to customize the agenda to your needs
  • You pick dates and times best for you and your members
  • We set up Zoom links, provide handouts in advance, and orient everyone to technology needed to participate safely
  • Classes include interactive discussions, real-life scenarios, and up-to-date information
  • Other benefits include chances to connect leaders across locations without travel time/costs, increase comfort levels using online platforms for union discussions, and keep stewards and members engaged, informed, and connected to the union
  • Costs match standard Labor Center off-campus program rates: $350/day for small locals (under 1000 members) and $500/day for large locals (over 1000 members)

Interested in discussing the options or setting up a class? You can contact us at or 319-319-4145.

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