Bring education to your community and members! 

Your Labor Center can bring the University of Iowa to your community with a customized off-campus program that addresses the unique needs of your members.  Topics available include Collective Bargaining, Grievance Handling, FMLA, ADA, Iowa Workers' Compensation, Labor History, Health & Safety, Organizing; and so much more. 

What can you expect from an off-campus 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

  • You determine whether it will be in-person or online via Zoom

  • We can bring our own projector and screen (or set up Zoom links)

  • We provide copies of the agenda and participant handouts

  • Classes include interactive discussions, real-life scenarios, and up-to-date information

Off-campus program fees vary, depending on the size and type of the sponsoring organization:

  • Iowa-based local unions with fewer than 1,500 members or community-based nonprofits: $600/day, plus printing costs

  • Regional or national conferences held in Iowa or large Iowa-based locals with more than 1,500 members: $800/day, plus printing and travel costs

  • Out-of-state programs: $1,000/day, plus printing and travel costs

A sliding scale fee reduction for local unions or Iowa-based organizations experiencing financial hardship is available on a case-by-case basis.

Instruction in Spanish and/or simultaneous interpretation in other languages may be available if requested in advance.

Download the Labor Center FY23-24 program brochure.

Contact the Labor Center to arrange a class:
Phone: 319-335-4144

Request a Program

Tell us what you need, and we can work with you to deliver the right program for you and your members. We look forward to working with you to make it happen!


What participants are saying about our classes...

I loved the hands-on, scenario-based workshops.

The ability to attend these classes has helped me educate my co-workers, family, and community on various laws and workplace rights that affect all workers in the state of Iowa.

Excellent! Well taught, by knowledgeable instructors.

Sample Topics

The list below is intended to provide ideas based on classes the Labor Center has offered in recent years, but it is not an exhaustive list. If there is another topic or combination of topics your union is interested in, please give us a call at 319-335-4144 to discuss the possibilities for designing a class agenda to fit your needs.

Legal Rights:

  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Iowa Public Employment Relations Act
  • Davis-Bacon and Related Acts
  • Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute
  • Railway Labor Act
  • Occupational Safety & Health Act
  • Iowa Workers’ Compensation
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Iowa Wage Payment Collection Act
  • Federal and Iowa Civil Rights Act
  • Iowa Employment Security Act

Skills and Leadership Development:

  • Steward Schools
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Organizational and Member Communications
  • Health and Safety Risks of Fatigue
  • Effective Safety Committees
  • Union Values
  • Financial Officers’ Training
  • Workplace Grievance Handling
  • Arbitration
  • Public Speaking
  • Coalition Building
  • Civic Engagement
  • Unions 101
  • Iowa Labor History
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Combating Discrimination and Harassment

Don't see what you're looking for?  Give us a call and talk with us about what you need or send us an email.  We will be happy to work with you to create a program that meets your needs.

Would you rather come to the UI for an on-campus program?