Effective Collective Bargaining Skills and Strategies (LR203)

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. 

  • Bargaining plans, strategies, and tactics
  • Preparing for face-to-face negotiation sessions
  • Handling negotiations at the bargaining table
  • How to obtain an agreement

Key Topics

  • Developing bargaining plans, strategies, and proposals
  • Steps to establishing an overall negotiation strategy
  • Systems for managing the bargaining committee
  • Techniques for developing offers
  • Methods for resolving union proposals
  • Maximizing effectiveness at the bargaining table
  • Strategically presenting offers throughout bargaining
  • What to do during 11th-hour negotiations
  • How to settle the sticky issues and reach agreement
  • A checklist for communications during negotiations
  • Preparing a memorandum of agreement
  • How to develop a strike contingency plan
  • Determining whether to use a mediator

Special Features

A full-day collective bargaining simulation in which participants negotiate in a small group setting against experienced labor relations professionals with ample opportunity for ongoing, real-time feedback and discussion

Who Will Benefit

Labor relations, human resource, operations, and finance professionals who represent or support management in collective bargaining

Prerequisite

Preparation for Collective Bargaining (LR201) is a required prerequisite and must be completed prior to taking Effective Collective Bargaining Skills and Strategies (LR203).

Instructors

Steve Gorkin

Steve Gorkin, Former Vice President, Global Labor Relations, Colgate-Palmolive Company, was the company's chief spokesperson in the U.S., with preparation responsibility for collective bargaining agreements. Mr. Gorkin was also responsible for overall labor strategies globally. Previously, Mr. Gorkin served as director of human resources for Dannon Company, in which he negotiated contracts with 40 different unions.

Dan McCray, Esq.

Director of Labor Relations Programs
Deputy Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution

Dan develops and administers Conflict Resolution, Labor Relations programs at Cornell ILR School and the Scheinman Institute in New York City. He practiced Labor, Education and Municipal Law for 15 years in New York City, Nassau County and the District of Columbia, and served as Director of Labor Relations for DC Public Schools, Nassau County, and the New York City Department of Education.

$1695.00

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