October 19: Talk with us in Indianola. Our Money, Our Priorities. Iowa Policy Project. 7 PM. Warren County Historical Museum.

October 21: Center for Worker Justice 2nd annual gala fundraiser. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 4330 St. Patrick Dr. Iowa City. 6 PM>

October 23: Talk with us in Cedar Falls. Facts and Alternatives, but no alternative facts. 7 PM. Center for Energy and Environmental Education UNI.

October 23-24: Advanced Steward School October 23-24, 2017, Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

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This two-day conference is for union officers, staff, and experienced stewards.  This course will include updates on hot topics, analysis of arbitration case studies, and a focus on sharpening communication, advocacy and presentation skills.

Registration: $175/person – call 319-335-4144 or email

October 26: Steak Fry. 5 PM. UAW 838 Hall, 2615 Washington St. Waterloo, IA. Guest Speaker Iowa House Minority Leader, Mark Smith. RSVP. or 319-396-8461.

October 27 : Organizers’ Roundtable – NEW DATE!

Friday, October 27, 10 am – 12 noon, BioVentures Center, 2500 Crosspark Rd., Coralville

Our next Organizers’ Roundtable will discuss recent case studies of Iowa workers involved in union certification elections, highlighting lessons and strategies relevant to certification elections in both public and private sector. We will also hear updates on current organizing efforts across the state. This two-hour forum brings together union and community leaders involved in organizing, to share practical strategies, review research on recent trends, and discuss best practices.  This is the latest in a quarterly series of organizing discussions facilitated by the Labor Center.  No cost to attend.  Please RSVP:  call the Labor Center at 319-335-4144 or email

November 7: City Council Elections

November 9 – 11: Iowa Area Labor Federation Leadership Workshop. Iowa Memorial Union, U of I Campus. 10:30 start time. 319-335-4144.

November 10: USW Poker Tournament, 105 Union Hall. 880 DevilsGlen Rd, Bettendorf. 6 PM

November 13-14, 2017, Workers’ Compensation in Iowa  Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

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This two-day conference will provide an overview of the basics of Iowa workers’ compensation law including updates on the significant changes made by the legislature in 2017.

Registration: $175/person – click here to register on-line, or call 319-335-4144

Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2017, Union Financial Officers’ School Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

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This course is designed to equip union officers to develop sound internal policies and navigate requirements associated with private and public sector union financial recordkeeping. Includes sessions on IRS reporting requirements, LM and PERB forms, audits, accounting skills and budgets.

Registration fee: $175/person – click here to register on-line, or call 319-335-4144.

January 24-26, 2018,Collective Bargaining (Private Sector) Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

A hands-on approach intended to get union staff, officers and bargaining team members ready for bargaining. Includes sessions on bargaining law, preparation and research, member mobilizing, community support, media and communication, persuasive techniques, impasse resolution, and a practice bargaining session.
Registration: $250/person. Click here for information on how to register.

February 5: Democratic and Republican Precinct Caucuses

February 24: Sportsman Alliance Dinner.

March 8-9, 2018, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

In-depth review of FMLA law and revised 2013 Department of Labor regulations, plus sessions on helping members with FMLA questions, handling FMLA grievances, bargaining improved contract language, and addressing common problems with medical certification.
Registration: $175/person. Click  here for information on how to register.

March 10: Republican County Convention

March 21 – 22: Iowa Federation of Labor Legisltive Conference. Prairie Meadows.

March 24: Democratic County Convention

April 14: COPE Convention: USW 310 Hall

April 23-27, 2018,67th Annual Labor Short Course Iowa Memorial Union, University of Iowa, Iowa City

The Labor Center’s longest-running annual course. A week-long class designed to introduce newer union activists to many of the issues facing organized labor, plus sessions to improve practical skills needed by stewards and other union leaders. A great opportunity to build the leadership necessary to strengthen your union for the future.
Registration: $375/person.  Click here for information on how to register.

April 28:Democratic and Republican District Conventions

June 16: Democratic and Republican State Conventions

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