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.
COVID-19 Updates | Our Work Continues
School for Workers is available to you remotely, and we are actively continuing our mission.
School for Workers programming is switching to an online format. Institutes and customized training are developed and led by university faculty on a University of Wisconsin-Madison supported online platform.
Online learning may be new to you, but School for Workers faculty and staff are available to assure your success! Before the class start date, participants will receive information on navigating the online platform and online learning best practices. Tips and help are available throughout the online classes, too.
The needs of workers, unions, and worker organizations are greater than ever as our communities continue to operate in these challenging times. School for Workers is here to help!
Five reasons to take an online institute with School for Workers:
- Well-presented online material that’s easy to follow
- Flexibility to balance work, family, and the class
- Engaging discussions between students
- Knowledgeable and supportive faculty
- Affordable and accessible
Announcing Spring 2021 Online Institutes
Mon, Feb 1 – Sun, Feb 21 | Self-paced, three-week institute Tuition: $185 | Register by: Wed, Jan 27 In March 2020, as the country began to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, Congress passed the …
Mon, Feb 22 – Sun, Mar 14 | Self-paced, three-week institute Tuition: $185 | Register by: Wed, Feb 17 What should every union leader know – whether they are an officer, a board member, a …
Mon, Mar 15 – Sun, Apr 4 | Self-paced, three-week institute Tuition: $185 | Register by: Wed, Mar 10 Take your abilities to the next level by developing transformational leadership skills to build organizational durability …
Mon, Apr 5 – Sun, Apr 25 | Blended, three-week institute Tuition: $185 | Register by: Wed, Mar 31 Develop the tools and knowledge to be an effective union rep during the grievance and arbitration …
School for Workers news
“The term ‘Latino’ often obscures rather than clarifies the politics of specific ethnic or racial communities with growing class divisions.” Associate Professor Armando Ibarra examines this overlooked element in the op-ed ‘Latinos’ and the Election. …December 2, 2020
Representation procedures The NLRB has implemented new representation procedures. The change provides: more time between the filing of a petition and an election, and a requirement in election cases to have a written statement of …November 30, 2020
School For Workers partners with University of Wisconsin-Madison Population Health Institute to represent workers’ experiences to the Department of Health Services
Faculty members Armando Ibarra and Alexia Kulwiec have partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Population Health Institute to understand how workers are impacted by working through the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn about workers’ experiences, faculty …November 30, 2020
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National Labor College Legacy Institute
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.