KIMT NEWS 3- On Tuesday the University of Iowa announced plans to cut staff, sell property in Des Moines and close seven centers in response to reductions in state funding from the last Iowa General Assembly.
One of the centers is the Labor Center which trains skilled workers on safety, discrimination and how to interpret their contracts.
Tom Willett of Mason City is a retired packing house union member and said the Labor Center has provided Mason City with several resources. He said the entire state will feel the impact of the center closing.
“When workers make a good living and have decent benefits it strengthens the economy throughout the entire state,” he said. “It raises everybody up.”
The Labor Center receives funding from labor unions with a small contribution from the school.
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