Online Labor Studies Program

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.

Requirements

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.

Registration

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. You can also download the 2017 registration form (PDF icon 2017REGFormCreditOnly.pdf) and fax it to (212) 340-2890.

Upcoming Online Courses

The American Worker in the Global Industrial Relations

This 7-week class is designed to provide union members, officers, and staff, with a fundamental understanding of the operations and impact of corporate globalization, especially as it relates to labor-management relations. The course aims at detecting and refuting the myths about corporate globalization which are at the core of the political agendas of major political parties.

Private Sector Labor Law

This course surveys the major areas of the law as it applies to workers and unions in the private sector. It focuses on the right to organize and the ground rules for collective bargaining and strikes. Students will concentrate on major provisions of the NLRA, examining how the NLRB and the Federal Courts have interpreted the national labor laws.

ONLINE Credit Course

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.  Students will discuss how to resolve problems that are contract-based by effectively utilizing grievance procedures.  Class participants will learn how to creatively harness the energy of union members themselves to build the local union and address workplace issues.

ONLINE Credit Course

Labor and Film

This course will examine workers' lives and the labor movement using film. Students will explore the various social issues and problems raised by each film and examine how these issues are shaped by important social factors including social class, race/ethnicity and gender.

ONLINE Credit Course

Effective Communications At Work

Skills in interpersonal communication are directly linked to the quality of our lives both in and out of the work environment.  The course will focus on how to develop these skills to improve the effectiveness of your communication relationships and enhance the quality of your life.

ONLINE Credit Course

Managing Conflict

This course is designed as an introduction to dispute resolution theory and practice with special emphasis on its applications in the field of industrial and labor relations. The course examines the nature and sources of conflict in various areas of society and the role of negotiations, mediation, arbitration and fact-finding in the resolution of disputes.

ONLINE Credit Course

Introduction to Collective Bargaining

This course examines the principles of contract bargaining including bargaining environments and structures as well as standards used in negotiations. Students will learn to prepare bargaining demands, cost economic items, draft non-economic language, negotiate economic and non-economic issues, and resolve a bargaining impasse. Discussion will consider the impact of bargaining outcomes on workers, unions, employers, and the public.

ONLINE Credit Course