Building the labor movement through education

The mission of The University of Iowa Labor Center is to provide educational programs and research support to Iowa’s working people and their organizations. Since 1951, the Labor Center has acted as a bridge between the University and Iowa’s labor community.

We offer a wide range of non-credit courses designed for workers, youth, community members, and labor union leaders. If you are interested in attending or hosting classes, several options are available:

Attend a Labor Center class at the University of Iowa

Host a Labor Center class in your workplace or community

Sponsor a Labor Center class through your Area Labor Federation     

Each year, the Labor Center holds open-enrollment short courses and seminars on campus dealing with core issues facing workers and their unions. Find out about upcoming courses.
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Our teaching staff can work with your local labor union, community, faith-based, or nonprofit organization, employer group, or state/regional council to tailor a class to your specific needs. We are available to travel throughout Iowa (and sometimes beyond) to hold classes at locations and times that are convenient for working adults.
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Learn more about options for chapters of Iowa Area Labor Federations to host free courses through a unique program sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.
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