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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.

Fall 2019 Programs

  • Advanced Bargaining Tools | Dec 5-6

    Take your skills and knowledge of collective bargaining to the next level. Build on your experience and learn more in-depth about methods for mastering the process. You will learn: Writing and evaluating contract language Negotiating …

  • Advanced Worker’s Compensation | Sep 19-20

    Improve your skills in representing injured workers with an in-depth examination of filing claims and representing workers before administrative law judges. This course is intended for representatives with a working knowledge of Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation …

  • Essentials of Bargaining | Dec 2-4

    Reaching a satisfactory collective bargaining agreement can be a convoluted balancing act. Learn the basics of the collective bargaining process and how as a worker you can effectively engage and advocate. You will learn: Steps …

  • Financial Officer Training | Oct 10-11

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

  • I Just Got Elected – Now What? | Oct 7-9

    Effective leadership is essential to the success of local unions. This class can help you make a quick transition into your role and make an impact from the start. You will learn: Qualities of effective …

  • Intro to Worker’s Compensation | Sep 16-18

    The rights and obligations of workers and employers related to worker’s compensation is continuously shifting. This course is intended to provide the basics of the Wisconsin State Worker’s Compensation Law. Participants will hear from faculty, …

  • Labor Law for Building Trades | Nov 4-6

    Labor laws relating to bargaining, organizing, and picketing in the building trades differ from those that impact other unions. As a building trades union member, explore the unique labor relations issues specific to your sector. …

  • Time Study | Oct 21-25

    Participants gain a working knowledge of the various systems used to establish a fair day’s work as well as incentive production standards. Instruction covers the theories, assumptions, and applications of stopwatch time study, including conducting …

  • Union Steward’s Training | Oct 16, 23, & 30

    In three Wednesday night sessions, you will sharpen and deepen your stewardship skills and improve your effectiveness as a leader. Class topics will include: The role of a union steward Using the contract to represent …

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Special Pairing Rate****

Register for two classes that are offered in the same week and save with a special pairing registration rate – only for the Fall 2019 programs. See class descriptions for details.