Labor Relations in the Public Sector (LS238)

This course is designed to acquaint labor relations professionals, union members, union stewards and officers with a basic understanding of public sector labor relations.  A multi-state/locality approach will be utilized.

Key Topics

  • The legal rights and obligations of public employers, public employees and public employee organizations
  • The role of politics in the public sector collective bargaining process
  • Economic and non-economic issues addressed in public sector collective bargaining
  • The public sector collective bargaining process
  • The administration of the grievance process in public sector collective bargaining agreements
  • Issues relating to contemporary public sector labor relations

Approach and Features
This is an 11 week online course.  Each week (Monday) the instructor will post a narrated PowerPoint presentation along with other instructional information.  Assignments will be due by Saturday.

There will be a research assignment, active use of a discussion board, case studies and a negotiations activity.

Benefits to You and Your Organization
Public sector unionism is increasingly under attack. Several state legislatures are considering abolishing public sector bargaining and the Supreme Court is reviewing the constitutionality of agency shop fees. Leaders and members of local unions need skills to build strong unions to combat these attacks.

This course is a part of the Cornell ILR Online Labor Studies Program and meets the Labor Law core requirement necessary to earn a Certificate of Labor Studies. Upon completion you will earn 3.0 credits towards a Certificate of Labor Studies.


John Moody

Formerly a Labor Relations Specialist with the New York State United Teachers (AFT, AFL-CIO), has worked with public sector unions for over 30 years. He has negotiated hundreds of contracts, represented members at countless grievance/arbitration hearings, and has organized many new bargaining units. As a long-time adjunct faculty member with Cornell University's ILR School, Jack has taught courses in conflict resolution, arbitration, negotiations, and strategies in health care bargaining.

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