Classes for Central Labor Councils

Labor Center educators can travel to your area to conduct a customized class that suits the needs and interests of your Central Labor Council. (Find out more about the Central Labor Council nearest you.) In the recent past, Iowa Central Labor Councils have hosted Labor Center programs on topics such as steward education, workers’ compensation, mobilizing members, health care, labor history, and many others (see examples below). Classes can range from a short evening class in conjunction with regularly scheduled meetings, full or half-day programs on weekends or week days, or multi-week series.

Iowa Central Labor Councils are eligible to receive financial support to host up to four Labor Center classes per year as part of a unique educational program sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. For eligible classes, the Iowa Federation of Labor covers instructional fees, and Labor Councils are responsible only for the cost of class handouts. For more information: call the Labor Center at 319-335-4144 or download a Central Labor Council education program PDF icon2011 CLC flier.pdf.


Upcoming Labor Council Classes And Events

Steward School (Dubuque)
Saturday, November 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, 1610 Garfield Avenue, Dubuque

Agenda will include roles and responsibilities of union stewards, legal rights under labor law, handling grievances and solving workplace problems, communications and organizing skills. Lunch provided. Sponsored by the Dubuque Federation of Labor and the Iowa Federation of Labor. Register by contacting Julia McMeekan at 309-738-1446 or

Union Roles in Combating Harassment and Discrimination (Rock Island)
Saturday, November 16, 8:00 am - 12:00 noon, Teamsters Local 371, 101 31st Ave, Rock Island

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Workshop for local union leaders, stewards, and rank and file workers interested in sharing experiences and developing strategies for combating workplace harassment. Agenda will cover definitions of harassment, unions in the #MeToo movement, best practices for handling harassment cases and complaints, and tools for creating safe, healthy, equitable workplaces. Free and open to all union members. Sponsored by the Quad City Federation of Labor and the Iowa Federation of Labor. RSVP to Julia McMeekan at 309-738-1446 or

Recently Held Labor Council Classes 

Steward School, Lee County Labor Chapter (Fort Madison): October 26, 2019

Confronting Labor Trafficking in the U.S., South Central Iowa Area Labor Federation (Des Moines): August 17, 2019

Unions 101, Quad City Federation of Labor (Davenport): August 13, 2019

Our Community - Our Future, Iowa River Labor Coalition (Marshalltown): August 8, 2019

Unions 101, Iowa City Federation of Labor (Iowa City): July 18, 2019

Unions 101, Des Moines-Henry County Labor Alliance (Burlington): June 6, 2019

Steward School, Des Moines-Henry County Labor Alliance (Burlington): May 4, 2019

Collective Bargaining, Des Moines-Henry County Labor Alliance (W. Burlington): April 12, 2019

Fatigue in the Workplace, Quad City Federation of Labor (Bettendorf): April 6, 2019

Collective Bargaining (private sector), Dubuque Labor Chapter (Dubuque): March 26, 2019

Rights on the Job and Immigrant Worker Justice, South Central Iowa Area Labor Federation (Ottumwa): September 8, 2018

Fatigue in the Workplace, Lee County Labor Chapter (Keokuk): July 21, 2018

Combating Gender-Based Harassment, South Central Iowa Area Labor Federation (Des Moines): May 22, 2018

Iowa Public Workers Under Attack, Western Iowa Labor Federation (Council Bluffs): February 21, 2018

Strategies for Increasing Member Involvement, Des Moines Henry County Labor Alliance: January 20, 2018

Workers' Compensation, Dubuque Labor Chapter: January 3, 2018

Family Medical and Leave Act, Lee County Labor Chapter (Fort Madison): November 18, 2017

Workers' Compensation, Lee County Labor Chapter (Keokuk): August 19, 2017

Activist Training, Hawkeye Area Labor Council (Cedar Rapids): July 6, 2016

Black Workers' Conference, USW 105 and Quad City Fed. of Labor (Bettendorf): June 11, 2016

Labor History, Quad City Fed. of Labor (Bettendorf): May 24, 2016

Family and Medical Leave Act, South Central Iowa Fed. of Labor (Des Moines): May 7, 2016

Minimum Wage: Past, Present and Future, Hawkeye Labor Council (Cedar Rapids): April 7, 2016

Turning Politics into Policy, Quad City Fed. of Labor (Davenport): February 29, 2016

Family and Medical Leave Act, Lee County Labor Council (Keokuk): February 6, 2016

Retirement Security, Black Hawk Union Council (Waverly): Jan. 21, 2016

Black Workers' Conference, Iowa City Fed. of Labor (Iowa City): Jan. 16, 2016