Prior Year Program Schedule
Open Enrollment Programs Held In 2020-21
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.
Iowa Workers' Compensation
This program covered the basics of workers' compensation law and an update on significant changes made by the Iowa legislature in 2017. Topics included injuries and disabilities, how to calculate benefits, return to work, and the roles played by unions, attorneys, and doctors. Guest speakers included experienced Iowa work comp attorneys and medical professionals.
Workplace Health & Safety
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. This year's program included a focus on COVID-19 related safety issues.
Union 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.
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.
Building & Construction Trades Steward School
Designed to provide participants a strong foundation in the laws and skills that help construction union stewards effectively fulfill their duties. Topics included the roles and legal rights of stewards, an introduction to labor history and union values, effective representation and grievance handling skills, combating harassment and discrimination on the job, and enforcement of Davis-Bacon and other construction-related standards.
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.
Provided an in-depth review of workers’ rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Iowa Workers’ Compensation law. Covered how FMLA, ADA, and work comp apply in real-world contexts; how each law interacts with each other, with collective bargaining agreements, and employer policies on leave, attendance, injury, and disability; and roles for unions in advocating for affected workers and enforcing legal rights in the workplace.