Certificate of Labor Studies

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Outcomes

  • Take college credit courses without regard to your location or work schedules.
  • Advance your knowledge about the issues that matter most for your day-to-day roles.
  • Earn a Certificate and an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies.

The Cornell ILR Online Labor Studies Program provides busy union activists with an opportunity to take college credit courses without regard to their location or work schedules. While there is no physical classroom there is considerable student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction, making for lively discussions and group learning.

Courses advance students' knowledge about the issues that matter most to their day-to-day roles and include Collective Bargaining, Labor History, Labor/Employment Law, Contemporary Labor Issues and Contract Administration.

Participants can earn a Certificate and an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies.

Adjunct faculty are proud members of the Cornell Adjunct Faculty Alliance, NYSUT, AFT, AFL-CIO. Courses and credits earned in Extension Division programs are not automatically accepted as transfer credits or as a basis of admission to the resident Cornell-ILR programs in Ithaca. Student applications and course transfers are evaluated by universities and colleges on an individual basis.

Please download our 2019 Class schedule below for current and future training offerings.

2019 LaborCreditCourses.pdf (PDF, 101 KB)

Prerequisites

A Certificate of Labor Studies can be earned by successfully completing 18 credit course in the following areas

  • Law (Labor Law, Employment Law, or Labor Relations in the Public Sector)- one course
  • History (Labor History or Labor & Film)- one course
  • Bargaining (Collective Bargaining)- one course
  • Electives (Labor, Government and Politics, Contract Administration, Unions and Diversity, and others)- courses

Additionally, an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies will be awarded to those who complete an additional 9.0 credits offered in the program in any subject area. Each course carries 1.5 or 3.0 undergraduate college credits.

Our on-line credit classes are structured so that you can log-on at any particular time or day throughout the week.  The system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Core curriculum

ONLINE Credit Course

Unions and their Role in Society

The objective of this course is to recognize the ways in which the union as an institution, and  labor as a movement, protect the interests of workers on the job and in society.  Students will focus on Social Movement Unionism that not only looks at working conditions of members, but also concerns itself with social issues affecting all working people.

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ONLINE Webinar

Labor History

Labor History can be understood from the perspectives of both union history and the social, cultural, and political life of workers. To gain insights into labor’s past, it is useful to explore not only union organizing, collective bargaining, and labor legislation, but also what workers thought, how they work and lived, and their impact of workers on the larger society.

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11-day workshop $625.00

Contract Administration

The contract lies at the center of day-to-day union practice. The interpretation and enforcement of contract language depends on the union representative. How can union leaders, stewards, and rank and file members ensure that the contract is honored and not circumvented? This course explores issues that union reps experience on an everyday basis. Students will discuss how to resolve problems that are contract-based by effectively utilizing grievance procedures. Additionally, class participants will learn how to creatively harness the energy of union members themselves to build the local union and address problems that might arise in the workplace.

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Notes

Each online 3.0 credit course is $625.00.  Each 1.5 credit course is $312.50.

To register on-line, click on the course name below or contact Arthur Wheaton or (716) 852-1444 x 116.