The Labor Center regularly develops and updates educational manuals, handouts, and multi-media resources for workers as laws, policies, and workplace challenges evolve. We are able to make a few of our resources available for public downloading, sharing, and viewing below.

If you are looking for labor-related resources on a specific topic, please feel free to contact us at We will be happy to talk with you about the manuals and other resources we've developed on the topic you're researching, as well as their availability and cost, and share information with you about any additional sources of credible information on your topic that may be available.

Iowa Worker Rights Manual

The Iowa Worker Rights Manual is the only comprehensive guide to over 50 state and federal laws covering Iowa workplaces. The Labor Center released the first edition in 2012. With donations from several Iowa unions, the manual became part of a broader Iowa Worker Rights Project in which the Labor Center conducted workshops in English, Spanish, French, and Arabic for low-wage workers across the state. The second edition of the guide, updated in 2017, is available here for free download. We hope to release the newest edition in the Spring of 2023!

Wage Payment Rights in Iowa

You work hard for your wages! It's important to understand your rights and ensure that you are receiving at least the full wages required by state and federal minimum wage and wage payment laws. This brochure, currently available in English and Spanish, compiles key provisions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, the Iowa Minimum Wage Law, and the Iowa Wage Payment Collection Act.

Preventing Wage Theft and Misclassification in Construction

As part of a grant awarded to Common Good Iowa and the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa, funded by the Economic Analysis and Research Network, the Labor Center is producing accessible materials to prevent and combat wage theft and misclassification in the construction industry. Watch for more resources soon!

Quick Guide to Public Sector Bargaining in Iowa

In 2017, the Iowa General Assembly made sweeping changes to Iowa's public sector collective bargaining law (Chapter 20 of Iowa Code), particularly with regard to bargaining units of workers who are not classified as "public safety" workers under the new law. This quick guide provides an introduction to the topics that are mandatory, permissible, and prohibited for non-public safety units.

Worker Health and Safety

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the reality that public health in our communities is only possible when workers have safe and healthy conditions on the job. This video was made at the beginning of the pandemic, but the lessons it contains about OSHA, the hierarchy of controls, right to engage in concerted activities, and documenting safety concerns apply to all workplace safety issues.

Child Labor Public Education Project

The Child Labor Public Education Project of the University of Iowa Labor Center and Center for Human Rights was developed in 2002-2004 with support from a U.S. Department of Labor grant. The project produced educational curricula and materials on a range of issues regarding child labor in Iowa, the U.S., and other countries, including: causes and consequences of child labor, history of child labor in the U.S., effects on children's health, and international trade issues linked to child labor policy. You can access participant handouts from the images on the right. Instructors' guides, worksheets, slides, and other materials are available at this link


Labor Center Publications




Child Labor Handouts


Labor Center Publications










Child Labor Health Handouts

Workers' Rights Law, Policy, and Enforcement Links

Below are a few useful links to governmental and non-governmental organizations' websites that host information about workers' legal rights, enforcement, and policy research


If you are looking for educational resources on a specific labor-related topic, email the Labor Center at or call us at 319-335-4144. We will be happy to talk with you about our educational materials and classes, and we can refer you to other agencies and resources.

Information provided on or through this website is NOT intended, nor shall it be construed as, legal advice. 
If you need legal advice, you should contact an attorney.