Labor Education

On UW-Madison campus, School for Workers labor education classes are offered year-round and last from two to five days. Every program is a high-quality noncredit course taught by university faculty, typically intended for union members, officers, and staff seeking to advance their knowledge and skills. Program topics vary to meet the needs of individual workers, labor movement organizations, and other worker oriented groups.

Registration can be completed online here or by calling School for Workers at 608-262-2112. Registration is required two weeks prior to the first class day

Payment is due 14 days before the class start date. Credit card payments can be made over the phone at 608-262-2112 or make a check payable to UW-Madison and mail to School for Workers at:

610 Langdon Street, Room 229 / Madison, WI 53703

Registration payment includes tuition, instructional materials, lunches, and breaks unless otherwise noted in the program description.

Do not include lodging fees in your payments to School for Workers; lodging reservations are made between the individual and the Lowell Center. See more information about lodging.

On-campus programs are held at the Pyle Center, the campus conference center, located at 702 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706. Learn more about the Pyle Center.

On-campus program participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging. We encourage you to secure your lodging soon after registering for your class to ensure a hotel room for your stay in Madison.

The Lowell Center has a block of rooms available for class participants to reserve from. Please note rooms are released 30 days prior to the class start date. To reserve your room at the Lowell Center call 1.866.301.1753 and state you are registered with School for Workers or click on your class below to access the online room block booking.

Winter & Spring 2020 Programs

  • Financial Officer Training | Jan 16–17

    Designed specifically for union financial officers, including new treasurers, financial secretaries, trustees, and other union officers, this program covers regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor as well as recordkeeping best practices to help you …

  • Changes to the National Labor Relations Act in the Current Administration | Feb 24–25

    In this two-day course, we will touch on the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protections of employees and the regulation of unions pursuant to both the NLRA and the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). …

  • Worker Protections and the Family and Medical Leave Act | Feb 26–27

    In this two-day examination of worker rights, we will go beyond the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and take a critical look at the current state of workers’ rights under the laws, with an emphasis …

  • Grievance Arbitration | Mar 16–19

    Effectively resolving disputes—including utilizing the contractual grievance and arbitration process—is vital for union representatives, stewards, and members. In this class, participants will examine the tools and skills needed to investigate and resolve grievances in different …

  • Essentials of Leadership | Mar 30–Apr 1

    How can you become a more effective leader for your organization? This educational program is applicable to leaders of any social justice, community-based, or nonprofit organization, and will involve real work (you will do actual …

  • Internal Organizing | Apr 13–15

    This is a crucial educational program for any union—especially those seeking to adapt to “open shop” or “Right to Work.” Reinvigorate your union with successful strategies and fundamental principles for membership engagement. Learn how to …