Prior Year Program Schedule

On-Campus Programs Held In 2016-2017

New Stewards' School

This two-day course prepared new union stewards for effective workplace representation. Topics included the roles, legal rights, and responsibilities of union stewards, as well as an introduction to labor history and union values, labor and employment law, grievance handling and internal organizing.

Union Communications

This program was for local union newsletter editors and leaders interested in developing effective communications within and about their union. Topics included educating and mobilizing members with effective messages in print, on-line, and face to face; why local union newsletters still matter; using high tech tools for spreading your union's story; and free resources and strategies for sharing top labor news and issue updates.

Financial Officers' School

Designed for union officers responsible for private and public sector union financial recordkeeping. Included sessions on IRS reporting requirements, LM and PERB forms, audits, changes in Department of Labor regulations, accounting skills, and budgeting.

Family and Medical Leave Act

This program featured an in-depth review of FMLA law and the revised 2013 Dept. of Labor regulations, plus sessions on helping members with FMLA questions, handling FMLA grievances, bargaining improved contract language, and how to address common problems with medical certification.

Workplace Health and Safety

This two-day school for union leaders, safety representatives and safety committee members covered legal rights under OSHA and labor law, how to create and use an effective safety committee to promote a safer, healthier workplace, and how to identify and remove hazards in the workplace.

Collective Bargaining

A hands-on approach intended to get union staff, officers and bargaining team members ready for bargaining. Included sessions on bargaining law, preparation and research, member mobilizing, community support, media and communication, persuasive techniques, impasse resolution and a practice bargaining session.

Labor and Civil Rights Struggles in Iowa's Past, Present, and Future

This conference placed Iowa's rich labor history in dialogue with the present, featuring case studies, educational resources, and presentations from national and regional leaders working at the intersection of race and labor issues today. Co-sponsored with the Iowa Labor History Society.

Labor Short Course

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. A great opportunity to build the leadership necessary to strengthen your union for the future.