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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.

Announcing fall 2022 institutes

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The School for Workers fall 2022 institutes will have something for everyone, with residential and online learning opportunities. Each institute is a high-quality, noncredit course taught by university faculty. Classes typically center on the needs and perspectives of union members, officers, and staff. Registration will open in July.


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Labor Forward on September 21 featuring new faculty members


Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at noon featuring new faculty members Dr. Ericka Wills and Dr. Lola Loustaunau

Join us for the next Labor Forward Forum to meet two new School for Workers faculty members. The forum is a free, online series held on the third Wednesday of the month from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. Each month, a School for Workers faculty member will interview advocates of the labor/worker movement to highlight their important work, celebrate their progress, and learn from their unique experiences. This event is free, but pre-registration is required to receive the webinar link.


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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.