Preparation for Collective Bargaining (LR201)

Participants learn how to align collective bargaining objectives to organization strategy, organize and prioritize management and union goals, and prepare for the bargaining table. In class project is preparing and delivering a presentation to management on bargaining authority. 

This training is for labor relations, human resource, operations, and finance professionals who support or are responsible for collective bargaining.

Key Topics

  • Assembling and analyzing internal and external factors that influence negotiations

    o Reviewing grievance and arbitration logs

    o Obtaining input from supervisors and managers

    o Evaluating bargaining unit demographics

    o Reviewing wage rates, benefits, and current cost data

  • Determining management objectives and bargaining positions

  • Anticipating union demands; formulating management responses * Calculating and assessing current contract value and projected agreement costs

  • Identifying labor strike and settlement issues

Approach and Features

Case study analysis of complex, cutting-edge economic and operational issues culminates in group presentations to a simulated management team of experienced corporate negotiators and strategists. There will be a panel discussion about current collective bargaining trends, issues, and solutions.


Steve Gorkin

Steve Gorkin, Former Vice President, Global Labor Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Company, was the company's chief spokesperson in the U.S., with preparation responsibility for collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Gorkin was also responsible for overall labor strategies globally. Previously, Mr. Gorkin served as director of human resources for Dannon Company, in which he negotiated contracts with 40 different unions.

Dan McCray, Esq.

Director of Labor Relations Programs
Deputy Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

Dan develops and administers Conflict Resolution, Labor Relations programs at Cornell ILR School and the Scheinman Institute in New York City. He practiced Labor, Education and Municipal Law for 15 years in New York City, Nassau County and the District of Columbia, and served as Director of Labor Relations for DC Public Schools, Nassau County, and the New York City Department of Education.


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