Prior Year Program Schedule

On-Campus Programs Held In 2018-2019

Iowa Immigration Justice Summit

A one-day conference for representatives of community organizations, unions, churches, and law firms involved in immigrant organizing, representation, and advocacy across Iowa.

New Stewards' School

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

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.

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.

Public Sector Bargaining in Iowa

Designed for union leaders, staff and members involved in collective bargaining under Iowa Code Chapter 20 (state and local government and school districts), this course offered a detailed review of recent legal changes to Iowa's public sector bargaining law and other public employment policies.

Collective Bargaining (private sector)

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.

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.

Workers' Compensation in Iowa

This program covered the basics of workers' compensation law and an update on significant changes made by the Iowa legislature in 2017. Guest speakers included experienced Iowa work comp attorneys and medical professionals.

Workers' Dream for an America that "Yet Must Be": Struggles for Freedom and Dignity, Past and Present

What has the "American Dream" looked like from the perspective of Iowa and Midwestern workers? This campus-community conference featured a keynote address by Pablo Alvarado of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network and a full agenda of workers, organizers, historians, and community leaders sharing perspectives on past and present Midwestern worker struggles to gain freedom, raise wages, end labor trafficking, and more. 

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.