Mission, vision, and values

Advancing the empowerment of working people, labor organizations, and community partners through teaching, research, and service.

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Programs and services

A full range of educational opportunities, institutes, community classes, customized trainings, technical assistance, applied research, and relevant publications offered on-site, in your community, or online.

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Faculty and staff

Faculty have years of real-world experience, advanced degrees in different labor-related fields, and specialize in adult education. Most importantly, they have the evidenced-based research and practical know-how to help empower workers.


One of the first operational components of the Wisconsin Idea, the School has long supported workers, the labor movement, and industrial relations practices throughout Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.

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Contact us

We'd like to hear from you!

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