Save Our Labor Center!

UI Law School Dean Kevin Washburn, UI President Bruce Harreld, and Iowa Board of Regents

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We are shocked that the University of Iowa is considering closing the University of Iowa Labor Center — the only unit in the entire state university system that specializes in research and education for and about Iowa workers.

The Labor Center belongs to Iowans — it was established in 1951 and built by the contributions of generations of Iowans for nearly 70 years. It provides direct education for over 2,500 Iowa workers like us, from across the state each year, and impacts many thousands more as we bring the knowledge of health and safety laws, anti-discrimination rights, and leadership skills back to our workplaces and communities to grow Iowa’s economy.

The Labor Center’s small university funding allocation has been dedicated to education and research on labor and workplace issues for generations; now the University wants to divert that funding to other purposes. Stealing the money that has been committed to research and education on issues that matter most to Iowa workers for generations is an unforgivable breach of public trust.

We demand that the University of Iowa immediately —

  • Reverse the decision to close the Labor Center,
  • Rescind the furlough notices given to Labor Center employees, and
  • Recommit the Labor Center’s existing university funding (funding that traveled with the Labor Center to the College of Law in 2016) to the Labor Center.
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Iowa City, IA

To: UI Law School Dean Kevin Washburn, UI President Bruce Harreld, and Iowa Board of Regents
From: [Your Name]

We demand that the University of Iowa immediately —

• Reverse the decision to close the UI Labor Center,
• Rescind the furlough notices given to Labor Center employees, and
• Recommit the Labor Center’s existing university funding (funding that traveled with the Labor Center to the College of Law in 2016) to the Labor Center.