Courses sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Madison School for Workers

Please contact by phone at 608-262-2112 or email for more information.

Feb 1, 2021 to Feb 21, 2021
Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Sick Leave, and the Family Medical Leave Act

In March 2020, as the country began to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The FFCRA expands the Family Medical Leave Act and provides paid sick leave to workers affected by the pandemic fallout. This institute will guide participants through the updated and new federal regulations and clarify workers’ paid leave options, including aid for necessary quarantine or illness linked to COVID-19.

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Feb 22, 2021 to Mar 14, 2021
Essentials of Union Leadership

What should every union leader know – whether they are an officer, a board member, a committee member, or a union member who simply wants to know how their union functions? This 100% online class will provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to perform any leadership role. 

You will learn about:

  • Economic and political environments for unions today
  • Union functions and roles of officers
  • Legal and financial basics
  • Effective meetings

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Mar 15, 2021 to Apr 4, 2021
Advanced Union Leadership

Take your abilities to the next level by developing transformational leadership skills to build organizational durability and power. This online institute will provide you the tools you need to develop broad buy-in for new ideas and to make plans for setting and achieving your organization’s goals. 

You will learn about:

  • Leadership styles and practices
  • Planning and goal setting
  • Building capacity, internal communication, and strength

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Apr 5, 2021 to Apr 25, 2021
Grievance Arbitration

Develop the tools and knowledge to be an effective union rep during the grievance and arbitration processes. This institute will prepare participants to investigate, write, and present grievances, plus draft and present arbitration cases. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and further develop what they learn in two live online sessions.

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Courses sponsored by The University of Iowa Labor Center

You may register for Labor Center programs on campus in one of four ways:

Online: Online Registration Form
By phone: 319-335-4144
By fax: print form and fax to 319-335-4464

By mail: print form and send to:

Labor Center
100 BioVentures Center, Room W130
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Feb 2, 2021 to Feb 5, 2021
Collective Bargaining (private sector)
Zoom (online)

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.

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Mar 2, 2021 to Mar 4, 2021
Building Trades Steward School
Zoom (online)

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.

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