School for Workers is the original university-based labor education program in the United States. Started in 1925 as one of the first operational components of the Wisconsin Idea, the School's faculty and staff have long brought teaching, research, and outreach to thousands of workers, unions and employers throughout Wisconsin, the nation and the world.

School for Workers news

  • Letter from Director Childers 01-08-2020

    Friends: As we move into the new decade, it’s hard to overstate the importance of the events swirling around us. In many ways we are all facing crossroads which have broad implications both for us …

  • Fractured solidarity and immigrant workers

    Labor’s strength on the job, in our communities, and in our everyday political and economic actions comes from our ability to collectively act and mobilize. To act, we must cultivate solidarity and find common ground. …

  • The NLRB closes out 2019 with active changes that weaken worker rights

    It is often said that workers’ power comes from workers themselves and from solidarity, more so than the U.S. system of labor laws. The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) changes to its interpretation of the …

  • The Gig Economy, An Ongoing Concern

    Dating back to a different time in the employee / employer relationship, most labor and employment laws only govern the conditions of employees, those individuals on an employer’s payroll, earning W-2 reportable wages. The number …

  • Announcing the 2020 Winter & Spring Program Guide

    School for Workers is offering six high-quality, noncredit labor education courses taught by university faculty for the winter and spring session. Additionally, the School will be hosting a two-day We the Working People Forum examining …

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