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Collective Bargaining

Outcomes

  • 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

Certificate Basics

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

Certificate Details

Overview

Effective collective bargaining is increasingly critical for labor relations in today’s organizations and unions alike. 

If you’re preparing to lead labor negotiations, Cornell ILR School’s Collective Bargaining certificate program will provide you with the confidence and specialized skills you need to be ready to bargain.

Relevant to both union leaders and management professionals engaged in bargaining,  the courses in the program provide a comprehensive overview of the collective bargaining process, with a focus on the legal requirements of unionization and bargaining, interpreting collective bargaining agreements, preparing for bargaining, and at the table strategy and skills in a full-day collective bargaining simulation.  

In these live virtual courses, you will have ample opportunity to practice your skills using case-based scenarios in a small group setting.  Class sizes are limited to ensure full participation and mentoring in small group activities and simulations. Courses in this program consist of multiple synchronous sessions per week with assignments in between sessions. 

This program assumes you have had previous exposure to basic concepts in Labor Relations. For the best experience, it is recommended that you complete these courses in the order they appear.

Key Certificate Takeaways

  • The components of a comprehensive collective bargaining strategy
  • A systematic process to prepare for bargaining
  • Methods to obtain a bargaining mandate from management
  • Deepened understanding of labor relations law and contract interpretation
  • Negotiation skills to bargain effectively as the chief negotiator
  • Competencies to be a labor relations advisor to management

Who Should Enroll

  • HR and labor relations professionals
  • Managers and executives working in a union environment
  • Attorneys involved in collective bargaining
  • Union officials involved in collective bargaining

Core Curriculum

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Labor Relations Law

Understand the NLRA and its impact on the workplace. Lawyers and non-lawyers are encouraged to participate in this workshop as it provides an opportunity to understand various legal principles and considerations, including assessing unfair labor practice and the rules regarding union organizing, collective bargaining, and day-to-day operations.


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


Learn more about Labor Relations Law

Learn more about Labor Relations Law

Contract Language and Interpretation

Designed to instruct labor relations practitioners on how contract language and past practice may be interpreted by an arbitrator. Participants review a methodology for analyzing contract language disputes and identifying key contract clauses in CB agreements. There is a case study practice session in contract drafting and interpretation.


Online

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    Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2020
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    $995

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Register for Contract Language and Interpretation

Negotiation Skills for the Workplace

Through role-plays and simulations, gain insight into your own negotiation biases, weaknesses and strengths, and build negotiation confidence and competency. Participants learn how to plan a negotiation strategy and practice communication skills necessary to showcase underlying needs and interests. Positional and interest-based negotiation skills are explored.


Online

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    Oct 7 - 8, 2020
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    $1495

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Register for Negotiation Skills for the Workplace

Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Learn a step-by-step process on preparing for bargaining including aligning organizational, labor and bargaining strategies and developing managment 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.


Online

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    Oct 21 - 30, 2020
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    $1495

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Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

In this virtual course, 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.


Online

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    Nov 4 - 20, 2020
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    $2195

Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation