Open Enrollment Classes

[**Update 9-7-2021**  The intent is to teach our 2021-2022 open enrollment classes in person at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus with the exception of the November 15 program on unemployment.] 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. Lodging options are available on or near campus for each course (see individual program flyers for details). 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. 

Advanced Stewards' School
October 18-19, 2021

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This two-day conference for union officers, staff, and experienced stewards, will include updates on hot topics, analysis of arbitration case studies, and focus on sharpening communication, advocacy and presentation skills.

Unemployment Benefits and Appeals - program cancelled 11/5/2021
November 15, 2021
program taught remotely via Zoom

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Unemployment insurance benefits are a lifeline for countless Iowans continuing to face hardships brought about by the pandemic.  This session provides support to worker advocates interested in learning more about how to assist people seeking benefits.  During this session we will discuss unemployment benefits eligibility, the appeals process, the union’s role in helping members navigate the process, and overpayment waivers.

Union Financial Officers' School
December 13-14, 2021

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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: $225/person.

Collective Bargaining (private sector)
January 26-28, 2022
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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: $300/person.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
February 24-25, 2022

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In-depth review of FMLA law and revised 2013 Dept. of Labor regulations, plus sessions on helping members with FMLA questions, handling FMLA grievances, bargaining improved contract language, and addressing common problems with medical certification.
Registration: $225/person.

Combating Discrimination and Harassment
March 24-25, 2022

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A two-day class covering relevant laws and best practices to combat harassment and discrimination on the job and promote respectful workplaces. It will include discussion and exercises focused on strategies for incorporating equity into bargaining, representation, and the day-to-day work of the union.
Registration: $225/person.

70th Annual Labor Short Course
April 25-29, 2022

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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: $450/person. Click here for information on how to register.

Click here for prior year's program schedule