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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

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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    Dec 1, 2020 - May 3, 2021
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    $597

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

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, 2020
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    $199

Register for Effective Communication (online)

Register for Effective Communication (online)

Ethics in ADR

Strong ethics awareness is an essential competency for mediators. Participants gain clarity about the ethics of neutral roles, and practice techniques to apply in day-to-day practice and in complex ethical situations. CLE credits available.


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    Dec 2, 2020 - Jan 14, 2021
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    $699

Register for Ethics in ADR

Register for Ethics in ADR

Advanced Compensation and Costing

Learn how to link compensation and benefits strategy to labor and bargaining strategy. Participants practice creating a collective bargaining cost sheet on economic and non-economic proposals and adjusts it based on the negotiations. Learn the implications of various decisions and practices using data to answer bargaining questions.


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


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Learn more about Advanced Compensation and Costing

Agreement Writing

Individuals draft and analyze their own collective bargaining agreement language in context of a negotiation are invited to attend this workshop. Participants learn to write clear and succinct contract language while developing an understanding of how negotiations impact agreement language and vice versa.


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


Learn more about Agreement Writing

Learn more about Agreement Writing

Labor History

Labor History can be understood from the perspectives of both union history and the social, cultural, and political life of workers. Here we explore not only union organizing, collective bargaining, and labor legislation, but also what workers thought, how they work and lived, and their impact on the larger society.

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    Feb 22 - May 10, 2021
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    $625

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Register for Labor History

Unions Role in Lives of Workers

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program, this course recognizes how unions as an institution protect the interests of workers on the job and in society. Students will focus on Social Movement Unionism that looks at the working conditions of members and also the social issues affecting all working people.


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    Feb 22 - May 10, 2021
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    $625

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Register for Unions Role in Lives of Workers

Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

This course is part of the Certificate of Labor Studies and requires no prior familiarity with the subject matter. This online class introduces participants to workplace hazards, their regulations/recommendations, and hazard control measures. An important benefit will be improving your ability to recognize hazards and to use hazard evaluation tools.


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    Feb 22 - May 10, 2021
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    $625

Register for Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

Register for Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health

Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

This tools-building workshop emphasizes the rights of stewards/committee persons in resolving disputes in the workplace. Participants will learn how to protect the grievance process, the equality principle, and how to simplify grievance writing. This online workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program.


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    Mar 8 - 28, 2021
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    $199

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace (online)

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.


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


Learn more about Contract Language and Interpretation

Learn more about Contract Language and Interpretation

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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    Apr 5 - 25, 2021
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    $199

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Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

Effective Employee Discipline

Experienced arbitrators and labor relations professionals will provide you with practical knowledge and insight about the employee discipline process. Participants analyze fact patterns to understand just cause and progressive discipline and learn to establish a case for termination. Learn best practices in solving discipline issues.


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


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Learn more about Effective Employee Discipline

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.


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


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Learn more about Negotiation Skills for the Workplace

Investigation Tools and Techniques

This workshop provides best practices on how to conduct an investigation of major workplace offenses that may result in immediate termination and that are the likely subject of arbitration. Professionals who investigate complex/serious matters in a unionized environment will design and execute an investigation plan.


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


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Learn more about Investigation Tools and Techniques

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.


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


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Learn more about Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Strategic Grievance Handling

Approach the grievance and arbitration process as an opportunity to advance organizational strategy, goals, and objectives while improving relationships within the organization. Participants learn how to mediate disputes between and among managers, supervisors, employees, and union representatives make strategic choices within the grievance process while improving labor-management relations.


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


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Learn more about Strategic Grievance Handling

Effectiveness in Arbitration

Led by experienced arbitrators and advocates, this workshop teaches how to advocate at arbitration for those preparing, presenting, or assisting in the case. A full-day arbitration simulation allows participants to practice developing a position, using evidence and proof to support position, examine witnesses, and introduce documents.


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


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Learn more about Effectiveness in Arbitration

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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    May 3 - 23, 2021
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    $199

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

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.


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


Learn more about Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

Learn more about Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation