Labor-Management Relations

In the unionized workplace, the labor-management relationship can be a powerful mechanism for managing conflict productively and equitably, and a tool for innovation and progressive employment relations.

ILR offers on-site training and assistance to labor-management groups, as well as extensive public training programs for management and union leaders in labor relations.

We also collaborate with labor, management, and policy-making groups to do research and evaluation on current issues in labor-management relations.

Questions? Contact Sally Klingel, Director of Labor Management Relations.

Labor-Management Training & Consulting

We work jointly with union and management groups to provide the skills, processes, and information to help labor and management achieve the most effective workplace relationship.

We have considerable experience at the local and national levels in both the public and private sectors assisting labor and management to improve traditional labor relations functions and to use the labor-management relationship to achieve shared goals within and beyond the workplace.

Our labor-management assistance includes training, facilitation, and technical assistance (PDF, 61 KB) in designing and implementing a broad range of activities. ILR is a national leader in providing skills training and facilitating the practice of Interest-based Negotiations (PDF, 80 KB) in unionized settings.

We offer specialized assistance in conflict and labor-management relations to public school systems (PDF, 48 KB) and to community colleges through Cornell's Institute on Community College Development.

Research Reports

ILR engages in practical and policy research on current issues in labor-management relations. Recent reports of interest can be downloaded below. ILR's Digital Commons houses a comprehensive repository of ILR School research, reports, manuals and other documents produced by ILR departments and programs.