Open Enrollment Classes on Campus

The Labor Center’s on-campus open-enrollment classes draw union members from across the region to the UI campus in Iowa City 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 on-campus 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. 

2018-19 On-Campus Course Schedule

New Stewards' School
October 1-2, 2018, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Download New Stewards' School flier (pdf)
This two-day program prepares new (or newer) union stewards for effective workplace representation. Topics include the roles, legal rights, and responsibilities of union stewards, as well as an introduction to labor history and union values, labor and employment law, grievance handling and internal organizing.
Registration: $175/person.

Financial Officers' School
November 13-14, 2018, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Download Union Financial Officers flier (pdf)
A two-day conference 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: $175/person.

Workplace Health and Safety
Nov. 29-30, 2018, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Download Health and Safety flier (pdf)
This two-day school for union leaders, safety representatives and safety committee members 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.
Registration: $175/person.

Iowa Public Sector Bargaining
January 28-29, 2019, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Download Iowa Public Sector Bargaining flier (pdf)
In the wake of massive changes to Iowa's public sector collective bargaining law, this two-day conference is designed for Iowa union leaders, staff and members to review legal changes and discuss the future of public sector collective bargaining.
Registration: $175/person. Click here for information on how to register.

Collective Bargaining (Private Sector)
February 25-27, 2019, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Download Private Sector Bargaining flier (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 communication, persuasive techniques, impasse resolution, and a practice bargaining session.
Registration fee: $250/person. Click here for information on how to register.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
March 14-15, 2019, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

In-depth review of FMLA law and revised 2013 Department 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: $175/person. Click here for information on how to register.

Workers' Compensation
March 25-26, 2019, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

A two-day class covering the basics of workers' compensation law and an update on significant changes made by the Iowa legislature in 2017. Guest speakers include experienced Iowa work comp attorneys.
Registration: $175/person. Click here for information on how to register.

68th Annual Labor Short Course
April 22-26, 2019, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

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.
Registration: $375/person. Click here for information on how to register.

Click here for prior year's program schedule