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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

  • Jane McAlevey comes to UW-Madison as Visiting Scholar

    On Tuesday, November 5th at 4pm, Jane McAlevey will be presenting as a UW-Madison visiting scholar “On Power and Participation: Building Democracy in Uncertain Times” at Helen C. White Hall. Jane McAlevey is an organizer, …

  • NLRB Updates

    The current NLRB has been increasingly proactive in making changes to the traditional interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act. For example, while the NLRB has the authority to engage in federal “notice and comment” …

  • Wisconsin Public Worker Unions Post Act 10

    In 1959 Wisconsin was the first state to allow its public employees the right to organize and form their own organizations to represent them in discussions with their employers. These early beginnings were the fruition …

  • Apprenticeship Programs Not Out of the Woods

    On August 14, 2019, the Department of Labor cancelled a number of contracts with the North American Building Trades Union, along with other union-industry operated apprenticeship programs, that run apprenticeship training programs with DOL funding. …

  • Women come together to share, learn and develop as leaders at Midwest School for Women Workers

    The Midwest School for Women Workers held its annual school this year at the Labor Center at the University of Iowa, July 23 – 27, 2019. Women from across the Midwestern states and from a …

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