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Labor Relations

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These courses and certificates are designed from extensive research across both labor and management to equip professionals with deep labor-relations skills.

Overview

As the world’s leading labor-relations institution, we’re able to draw on 75 years of industrial and research experience to design our training.

Our research spans organizational and organized labor, letting us offer training programs that give labor relations professionals both deep understanding and practical experience.

Learn from researchers and practitioners, and from a range of skills including negotiations and bargaining and communication. Our certificate programs and workshops train people to systematically solve problems, and actively address the needs of labor relations.

Upcoming Courses

Advanced Collective Bargaining

This online for-credit course helps union activists build practical skills needed in collective bargaining today through role-plays and mock bargaining with students across the country. Organizations benefit from union members learning bargaining skills in a safe environment instead of at bargaining tables which can impact the entire workplace.


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    Sep 20 - Dec 6, 2021
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    $625

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

Labor Relations in the Public Sector

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program which allows busy union activists to take college credit courses regardless of their location or work schedules, this 11-week course is designed to acquaint labor relations professionals, union members, and union stewards with a basic understanding of public sector labor relations.


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    Sep 20 - Dec 6, 2021
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    $625

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Register for Labor Relations in the Public Sector

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 4 - 24, 2021
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    $199

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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 5 - 8, 2021
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    $597

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

Costing Out a Contract (online)

This is a practical, how-to-workshop to give union negotiators and bargaining committee members the skills they need to prepare for contract negotiations. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate and participants do not have to be online at a specific time.


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    Nov 1 - 21, 2021
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    $199

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Labor Law and Contract Interpretation

Understanding the key do’s and don’t of the labor law and how arbitrators interpret collective bargaining agreements is critical to operating in a union environment. Learn key aspects of operating under the NLRA, including union organizing, unfair labor practices, good faith bargaining & what happens on impasse.
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    Nov 1 - 3, 2021
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    $1995

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Register for Labor Law and Contract Interpretation

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.


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    Nov 15 - 16, 2021
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    $1495

Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

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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    Nov 17 - 19, 2021
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    $2195

Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

Effective Communication (online)

For anyone who wants to improve oral presentation skills and overcome reluctance to speak in public and gain tools for more effective presentations. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program and participants do not have to be online at a specific time.


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    Dec 1 - 21, 2021
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    $199

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Register for Effective Communication (online)

Conflict in a Union Environment

Learn practical approaches of how to diagnose and address this conflict and build a strong and productive relationship. Key focus is on the roles of union representatives and supervisors, rules and norms of a unionized environment, pre-discipline, just cause, communication skills and problem-solving applied to labor-management meetings.
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    Dec 6 - 8, 2021
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    $1995

Register for Conflict in a Union Environment

Register for Conflict in a Union Environment

Grievance and Arbitration Handling

This interactive course teaches how to analyze grievances and conduct grievance meetings with an eye towards fact-finding and resolution. Learn the basics of how arbitration works with the goal of being a more effective representative during the hearing.
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    Dec 9 - 10, 2021
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    $1495

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Register for Grievance and Arbitration Handling

Managing Conflict

This program allows busy union activists to take college credit courses regardless of location or work schedules. An introduction to dispute resolution theory and practice, this course examines the nature and sources of conflict and the role of negotiations, mediation, arbitration and fact-finding in the resolution of disputes.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

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Register for Managing Conflict

Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program, this course addresses the ethical dilemmas inevitably arise in the process of providing leadership. We'll explore causes of ethical tensions within unions and in the larger labor movement through readings about democracy, ethical theory, union history and structure, and organizational values.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

Register for Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

Register for Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

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