The mission of The University of Iowa Labor Center is to provide educational programs and research support to Iowa’s working people and their organizations. Since 1951, the Labor Center has acted as a bridge between the University and Iowa’s labor community.
We offer a wide range of non-credit courses designed for labor union members and leaders on topics including: steward education and contract administration, collective bargaining, labor and employment law, public policy issues, leadership development, organizing and mobilizing, economics, labor history, and much more. If you are interested in attending classes, several options are available:
Each year, the Labor Center holds open-enrollment short courses and seminars on campus dealing with core issues facing workers and their unions. Find out about upcoming courses.
Our teaching staff can work with your local union or state/regional council to tailor a class to your specific needs. We are available to travel throughout Iowa (and sometimes beyond) to hold classes at locations and times that are convenient for your members.
Learn more about options for Central Labor Councils to host free courses through a unique program funded by the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.