Collective Bargaining for Union Activists (LB410)

This workshop is designed to develop the skills of union negotiators who do not have extensive experience in advancing a collective bargaining strategy and in conducting face-to-face negotiations at the bargaining table; or who are more experienced bargainers who would like to learn more about coordinating table tactics with membership support activities (a Contract Campaign).

Key Topics

  • The bargaining process, timing, and procedures
  • Bargaining techniques, strategies, and tactics
  • Maximizing effectiveness of the bargaining committee
  • Reading the other side; articulating the members' needs; using the caucus
  • Identifying the employer's pressure points
  • Coordinating table tactics with membership support activities (a Contract Campaign)

Approach and Features

This live in-person workshop utilizes group discussions and exercises. Participants are invited to consider current bargaining methods and how to become more effective in the circumstances that face their Union.

Benefits to You and Your Organization

Participants benefit from sharing strategies and best practices with participants from various unions and sectors.  Participants can build their confidence and knowledge in a safe environment.


Debra Osofsky

Debra Osofsky, Esq. is an attorney with over 25 years of experience as a negotiator, advocate, problem-solver and teacher. Debra received a B.S. from Cornell ILR in 1985 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989. She litigated with the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts and Trowbridge, then advocated, negotiated and trained for the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Ms. Osofsky has also served in leadership positions, as the Executive Director of AAUP-UMNDJ (a medical faculty Union) and as the National Director of News and Broadcast for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (now SAG-AFTRA).


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