Online Credit Courses
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 the ILR School on an individual basis.
A Certificate of Labor Studies can be earned by successfully completing six 3.0 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)- 3 courses
Additionally, an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies will be awarded to those who complete an additional four 3.0 credit courses offered in the program in any subject area. Each course carries 3 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.
Each online credit course is $595.00
Begins the week of January 6, 2014 – ends the week of March 17, 2014
LS238 - Labor Relations in the Public Sector
This course is designed to acquaint labor relations professionals, union members, union stewards and officers with a basic understanding of public sector labor relations. Upon completion of the course students will understand the legal rights and obligations of public sector employers, employees and employee organizations; the public sector collective bargaining process including the role of politics, economic and non-economic issues, and the administration of contractual grievance processes; and issues relating to contemporary public sector labor relations. A multi state/locality approach will be utilized.
Instructor: John Moody
LS264 - Contemporary Labor Issues
The focus of this course is two-fold: on the one hand, to discuss the revitalization of the labor movement and, on the other, to examine the context in which this revitalization must occur. Among the subjects to be covered are the changing nature of work, workers, and workplaces; the state of American unions and union members; the globalization of business and labor; tensions between private sector and public sector.
Instructor: Denise Young
Begins the week of March 31, 2014 – ends the week of June 9, 2014
LS200 - 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.
Instructor: Pat Domaratz
LS255 - Labor History
Instructor: Alex Blair