Open Enrollment Classes

[Note: all Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 open enrollment classes will be taught remotely, using the Zoom platform. All participants must have an email address, access to an internet connection and a computer.] The Labor Center’s  open-enrollment classes draw union members from across the region for intensive sessions focused on the workplace issues of today.  Classes are taught by Labor Center staff, University of Iowa faculty and other invited guest instructors. Each year the Labor Center's open enrollment offerings include a five-day Labor Short Course aimed at emerging leaders, which covers a wide variety of issues ranging from communication and leadership skills to legal tools, labor history, and key public policy issues. 

New Stewards' School
September 22-24, 2020 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

Download Fall 2020 programs flyer (pdf)
This program prepares new (or newer) union stewards for effective workplace representation. Topics include 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.
Registration: $200/person.

Iowa Workers' Compensation
October 14-16, 2020 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

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This program covers the basics of workers' compensation law and an update on significant changes made by the Iowa legislature in 2017. Topics include injuries and disabilities, how to calculate benefits, return to work, and the roles played by unions, attorneys, and doctors. Guest speakers include experienced Iowa work comp attorneys and medical professionals.
Registration: $200/person. 

Workplace Health & Safety
November 17-19, 2020 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

Download Fall 2020 programs flyer (pdf)
This program is for union leaders, safety representatives and safety committee members. The agenda will cover 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 will include a focus on COVID-19 related safety issues.
Registration: $200/person. 

Union Financial Officers' School
December 7-9, 2020 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

Download Fall 2020 programs flyer (pdf)
This conference is designed for union officers responsible for private and public financial recordkeeping. Includes sessions on IRS reporting requirements, LM and PERB forms, audits, changes in Department of Labor regulations, accounting skills and budgets.
Registration: $200/person.

Collective Bargaining (private sector)
February 2-5, 2021 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)
Download Spring 2021 program flyer (pdf)
A hands-on approach intended to get union staff, officers, and bargaining team members ready for bargaining. Includes sessions on bargaining law, preparation and research, member mobilizing, community support, media and communications, persuasive techniques, impasse resolution, and a practice bargaining session.
Registration: $200/person.  Click here for information on how to register.

Building Trades Steward School
March 2-4, 2021 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

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Designed specifically for building trades unions, this program prepares union stewards for effective worksite representation. Topics include the roles and legal rights of stewards, as well as an introduction to labor history and union values, and enforcement of Davis-Bacon and other standards.
Registration: $200/person.  Click here for information on how to register.

69th Labor Short Course
April 12-16, 2021 (9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day)

Download Spring 2021 program flyer (pdf)
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. Topics covered will include labor history, labor and employment law, grievance and arbitration basics, organizing and communication skills, and a range of key economic and policy issues affecting workers. A great opportunity to build the leadership necessary to strengthen your union for the future.
Registration: $300/person.  Click here for information on how to register.

FMLA/ADA/Workers' Compensation
May 18-20, 2021 (12:00 noon-4:30 pm each day)

Download Spring 2021 program flyer (pdf)
In-depth review of workers' rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Iowa's Workers' Compensation law. Course will cover 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.
Registration: $200/person.  Click here for information on how to register.

Click here for prior year's program schedule