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As Cornell’s ILR School, we bring together the insight of leading scholars, researchers, and practitioners to design training courses for the modern workplace. We specialize in work – from HR practices to labor relations and conflict-resolution strategies. We train people who change their organizations.

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Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Ready to make a difference in your union, organization, or company? Earn your certificate and build essential leadership, negotiation and communication skills with convenient and flexible online courses. The Labor Leadership Skills certificate program is an affordable and rapid-results educational experience that provides skills essential to success in your organization.


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    Oct 3, 2022 - Mar 26, 2023
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    $597

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Negotiation Skills (online)

This introductory-level workshop is designed to develop the skills of union negotiators who do not have extensive experience in advancing a collective bargaining strategy. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program, participants do not have to be online at a specific time.


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    Oct 3 - 23, 2022
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    $199

Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp


Obtain your Basic Labor Leadership Skills Certificate with this intensive virtual boot camp that provides the specific skills essential to success in your organization. Four full exhilarating days of interactive and immersive classroom training topics including stewards, basic negotiations, costing out a contract, and effective communication.


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    Oct 4 - 7, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $597
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

This workshop emphasizes the rights of stewards/committee persons in resolving disputes in the workplace. The right to information, the duty of fair representation, and member’s right to representation will be covered. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    Oct 4, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

Negotiation Skills

This introductory-level 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. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    Oct 5, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Negotiation Skills

Costing Out a Contract

This is a practical, how-to-workshop to give union negotiators and bargaining committee members the skills they need to prepare for contract negotiations, including illustrating how to calculate the projected costs of an agreement. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    Oct 6, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Costing Out a Contract

Effective Communication

For anyone who wants to improve oral presentation skills in a supportive environment. Overcome reluctance to speak in public, gain tools to organize your thoughts for a more effective/powerful presentation. This one day workshop is part of the four-day Labor Leadership Skills Bootcamp.


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    Oct 7, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Effective Communication

Managing With Labor's Values - Part 2: Building Accountability

This workshop focuses on understanding different behavioral styles at work and how to adapt when conflicting styles cause misunderstandings, unproductive efforts, and impede progress on reaching goals.  This is Part 2 of a workshop series on Managing With Labor's Values.


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    Oct 13 - 14, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $950
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    New York, NY


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Register for Managing With Labor's Values - Part 2: Building Accountability

Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Learn a step-by-step process on preparing for bargaining including aligning organizational, labor and bargaining strategies and developing management and union goals, and preparing for the bargaining table. An in-class project includes preparing and delivering a presentation to management to obtain bargaining mandate.


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    Oct 17 - 18, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $1495
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    New York, NY


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Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Emerging Trends: Recalibrating Diversity and Inclusion

Recognize demographic, technology and globalization shifts changing business needs. Identify key trends and understand their impact on the workforce, workplace and marketplace. Examine implications for re-energizing, driving and sustaining D&I initiatives in face of new conversations on multiple identities, generations, cultural competence and other emerging issues at work.
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    Oct 17 - 18, 2022
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    $1495
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    New York, NY


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Register for Emerging Trends: Recalibrating Diversity and Inclusion

Private Sector Labor Law

This course focuses on labor management relations in the private sector as governed by the National Labor Relations Act, as amended. The course will touch on the statute and how it relates to other labor laws, and an overview of the NLRA and the NLRB.
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    Oct 18, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Private Sector Labor Law

Register for Private Sector Labor Law

Advanced Labor Leadership Skills Buffalo Boot Camp

Learn more about organizing, labor law, arbitration, and bargaining first contracts from a labor attorney with decades of experience. Guest speakers and role play help make these four intensive classes interactive and practical.


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    Oct 18 - 21, 2022
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    $597
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Advanced Labor Leadership Skills Buffalo Boot Camp

Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

You will explore how to implement your goals and objectives at the bargaining table. This includes understanding the differences between competitive and collaborative bargaining as well as at-the-table protocols, customs, and techniques unique to collective bargaining.


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    Oct 19 - 21, 2022
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    $2195
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    New York, NY


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Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

Leadership Skills for Success: Engaging Employees and Building Teams

Master communication and leadership skills to effectively manage employees, establish priorities and delegate responsibilities. Building awareness of team dynamics and how to engage employees through group problem-solving and decision-making. Become an effective leader with the ability to develop productive relationships and ensure alignment and collaboration.


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    Oct 19 - 20, 2022
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    $1495
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    New York, NY


Register for Leadership Skills for Success: Engaging Employees and Building Teams

Register for Leadership Skills for Success: Engaging Employees and Building Teams

Organizing

Unions benefit employees in a myriad of ways, higher pay, better benefits, safer and healthier workplaces, higher civic engagement, etc. Public support is also high for unions with 2021 Gallup poll showing 68% of the public favors a union. Then why is such a small percentage of the US workforce unionized?
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    Oct 19, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Organizing

Public Training

Across New York State, we engage in workplace research and training.

We offer a wide range of training available to the public focused on work, employment, and labor.

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India Initiatives

Through the work of Sarosh Kuruvilla, Andrew J. Nathanson Family Professor in Industrial and Labor Relations, we offer capacity building programs in India.

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