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School for Workers is the original university-based labor education program in the United States. Starting in 1925 as one of the first operational components of the Wisconsin Idea, the school has a long tradition of evolving alongside the current needs of working people, labor organizations, and community partners. Today, the tradition continues, as School for Workers carries our mission forward throughout Wisconsin and beyond.

On-demand institutes

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Registration is always open! 

On-demand institutes are comprehensive, non-credit courses developed by university faculty at the affordable tuition rate of $99 per course. The course is divided into units with various readings, short videos, and supportive documents to explore a set topic. Participants can access the course 24/7, for up to six months after registration, to explore and complete the course material.

Courses now available:

  • Essentials for Union Stewards
  • Fundamentals of the Family Medical Leave Act

Register now

School for Workers news

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  • Stop Stock Buybacks

    An article written by Dr. Ericka Wills about the aviation unions’ No Stock Buybacks campaign, the issues the unions are standing up for, and where airlines’ record profits have been going. Stop Stock Buybacks | …

  • Beat The Heat

    Professor Michael Childers speaks with Planet Magazine about the dangers of heat stress for workers. Beat the Heat | Planet Magazine Interviews: Micahel Childers Read the article

  • More articles and interviews

National Labor College Legacy Institute

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School for Workers is proud to be recognized as a National Labor College (NLC) Legacy Institute. As a Legacy Institute, the Board of Trustees of NLC recommends School for Workers to all members of the labor movement as an institute where they can access high-quality labor education offerings.