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Certificate of Labor Studies

Outcomes

  • Take college credit courses without regard to your location or work schedules.
  • Advance your knowledge about the issues that matter most for your day-to-day roles.
  • Earn a Certificate and an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies.

Certificate Basics

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    Required Courses
    7 Focused WorkshopsRegister for individual workshops to fit your schedule
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    Time to Complete
    18 monthsTime participants have to complete the entire certificate program

Certificate Details

Overview

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 universities and colleges on an individual basis.

Please download our 2019 Class schedule below for current and future training offerings.

Prerequisites

A Certificate of Labor Studies can be earned by successfully completing 18 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, or Contract Administration) - one course
  • Electives (Labor, Government and Politics, Unions and Diversity, and others) - courses

Additionally, an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies will be awarded to those who complete an additional 9.0 credits offered in the program in any subject area. Each course carries 3.0 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.

Core Curriculum

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Contract Administration

The contract lies at the center of day-to-day union practice. How can union leaders and rank and file members ensure that the contract is honored and not circumvented? Students in this online for-credit course will learn how to resolve problems that are contract-based by effectively utilizing grievance procedures.


Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.


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Learn more about Contract Administration

Online Communications and Zoom Presentation Skills

The objective of this course is to teach communication skills needed at all levels of leadership in the local union. Key topics include: Online communications as a union building strategy; developing online classes using Canvas/presentations using Zoom or PowerPoint; public speaking; effective Zoom or Digital meetings; developing media strategies.

Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.


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Learn more about Online Communications and Zoom Presentation Skills

Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union

 This course, part of the Online Labor Studies Program, examines the history of workers' efforts to form unions. Discussions focus on how unions can "unionize" their members so they become participants in the mobilization of other workers to support the values of the labor movement.


Online

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    Sep 21 - Dec 7, 2020
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    $625

Register for Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union

Register for Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union

Introduction to Collective Bargaining

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program, this course examines the principles of contract bargaining including bargaining environments and 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.


Online

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    Sep 21 - Dec 7, 2020
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    $625

Register for Introduction to Collective Bargaining

Register for Introduction to Collective Bargaining

Labor and Film

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this course examines the history of unions in the US through the use of film. Students will explore the various social issues raised by each film. Each week we will watch a film, analyze it, and discuss our reactions.


Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.


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Learn more about Labor and Film

The U.S. Worker and Global Industrial Relations

This class is designed to provide union members, officers, and staff with working knowledge of the operations and impact of corporate globalization both in specific local situations (ie, the threatened relocation of a plant), global capital flows, and the shaping of the increasingly unequal US economy.


Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.


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Learn more about The U.S. Worker and Global Industrial Relations

Leadership in Unions

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this for-credit class prepares participants for assuming responsibilities in their organization by developing the skills and abilities required of union leaders. Each participant will prepare a plan for improving how their local union functions.


Dates for online sessions will be posted as soon as they are available.


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Learn more about Leadership in Unions