Collective Bargaining Studies

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  • Acquire a full understanding of the collective bargaining process
  • Gain knowledge in labor relations law, contract language and negotiation skills
  • Develop skills in preparation for effective collective bargaining strategies and structure

This certificate provides a comprehensive overview of the collective bargaining process from pre-bargaining preparation to final sign-off.

Six workshops totaling 60 units are required to complete this certificate. While the certificate can be earned in as little as two weeks, all required workshops for this certificate must be completed within an 18-month period. If you participate in a Cornell workshop and intend to apply it toward earning a certificate, please let us know.

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This certificate program has no prerequisites.

Core curriculum

2-day Workshop New York, NY$1495.00

Labor Relations Law

Whether you are involved in the collective bargaining process, the administration of a contract, or a certification campaign, it is necessary to understand the National Labor Relations Act and its practical impact on the workplace. This workshop is accessible for lawyers and non- lawyers alike, and gives participants an opportunity to understand a host of legal principles and considerations. 

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2-day Workshop New York, NY$1495.00

Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Gain Strategies and Practical Skills for the Collective Bargaining Process with this 2-Day Training Led by Cornell ILR School Experts in NYC. Register Now.

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2-day Workshop New York, NY$1695.00

Effective Collective Bargaining Skills and Strategies

Designed as a continuum of LR201, Preparation for Collective Bargaining, participants will formulate a negotiation strategy and learn "at-the-table" best practices. Participants develop negotiation skills by participating in a full-day bargaining simulation. 

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1-day Workshop New York, NY$995.00

Contract Language and Interpretation

Whether you are administering contract language or proposing it at the bargaining table, this workshop is designed to instruct labor relations practitioners on how contract language and past practices may be interpreted by an arbitrator.

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2-day Workshop New York, NY$1495.00

Fundamental Negotiation Skills

Negotiation is a general practice for resolving conflict. In this workshop, you'll practice fundamental negotiation skills through a series of role plays and experiential learning situations.

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1-day Workshop Buffalo, NY$995.00

Interest-Based Bargaining Strategies and Structures

Interest-based bargaining frames negotiations in terms of shared problem to solve-resolving each party's underlying issues, needs and concerns. This workshop provides a systematic process for putting interest-based negotiation principles into practice in collective bargaining, grievance handling, and day-to-day conflicts.

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