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Union Leadership

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These courses and certificates are designed to train union leaders and those aspiring to lead in organized labor relations.

Overview

As Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, our institutional experience, world-class faculty, and deep relationships with labor organizations give us a unique and comprehensive understanding of unions and labor.

Our training for union leadership draws on a wide range of research disciplines and organizational practices to equip organizers to lead with labor's values, think strategically, and build collective-bargaining skills.

Upcoming Courses

Occupational Asthma

If an adult experiences new-onset asthma, it is recommended that occupational asthma be suspected. Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, cough, and sputum production -- similar to asthma that is not work-related. For some sensitizers and workers, symptoms may occur upon first exposures to the sensitizer; for others, symptoms may not appear until after a latency period. Latency could range from weeks to years after the first exposure.


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    Feb 17, 2023
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Private Sector Labor Law

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this course surveys the major areas of the law as it applies to workers and unions in the private sector. Students will concentrate on major provisions of the NLRB, examining how NLRB and Federal Courts have interpreted the national labor laws.


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    Feb 20 - May 7, 2023
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    $625

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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.


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    Feb 20 - May 7, 2023
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    $625

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Register for Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union

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 6 - 26, 2023
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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)

Cannabis in the Workplace

While still illegal at the federal level, states have been legalizing cannabis for medicinal, adult (recreational), or both uses. The science on cannabis, its effects on the body and brain, and determining workplace impairment have not kept up. This workshop will explore the issues of:


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    Mar 17, 2023
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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 3 - 23, 2023
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Hazards of Lead Exposure to Your Health

The best approach to adapting your workplace to legalization is a proactive one. Changes in the workplace can be handled appropriately, resulting in benefits to both employee and employer. Ideally, a healthy balance will be met in which cannabis is made available to authorized employees, and in return those employees will be responsible for its use in a manner that will contribute to, and not diminish, workplace productivity. Learn how…


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    Apr 21, 2023
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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 1 - 21, 2023
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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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    May 9 - 12, 2023
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    $597
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    Buffalo, NY


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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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    May 9, 2023
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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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    May 10, 2023
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    Buffalo, NY


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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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    May 11, 2023
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    Buffalo, NY


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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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    May 12, 2023
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Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work and Fatigue

Shift work and long work hours increase the risk for reduced performance on the job, obesity, injuries, and a wide range of chronic diseases. During this session you will learn key strategies to reduce these risks.


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    May 19, 2023
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Union’s Role in the Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Gender Based Violence: Lessons Learned and Promising Practices

From the #MeToo movement, to the rise in intimate partner violence during the pandemic, to the surge of anti-transgender and anti-LGBTQ discrimination—unions face the challenge of how to tackle the impact of sexual harassment and gender-based violence on their members. The roots of gender discrimination and sexual violence are deeply embedded in workplace culture, as our workplaces are microcosms of society.


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    Jun 1 - 9, 2023
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    $400
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    New York, NY


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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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    Jun 5 - 25, 2023
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    $199

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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.


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    Jun 5 - Aug 6, 2023
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    $625

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Register for Introduction to Collective Bargaining

Effective Communications At Work

This course, part of the Online Labor Studies Program, focuses on how to develop skills to improve the effectiveness of your communication relationships and enhance the quality of your life. The class will be highly participatory and include the most crucial readings on effective communications for working people.


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    Jun 5 - Aug 6, 2023
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Impact of Climate Change on Workplace Health and Safety

A number of worker populations that may be particularly vulnerable to threats from climate change include outdoor workers, first responders, farmers, commercial fishermen, healthcare workers, transportation workers, and workers in hot indoor environments such as warehouses and factories. This webinar will explore some of the effects climate change is anticipated to have on the health and safety aspects of workplaces.


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    Jun 16, 2023
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Are the Chemicals in Your Workplace Making You Sick? Exploring the Work-Relatedness Connection

We spend more than 30% of our lives at work, so it comes as no surprise that our work environment has a major effect on our health. If you suspect that you are feeling the effects of a workplace chemical exposure and it is affecting your health, how can this be established? This workshop explores how to assemble the connection between occupational exposure to chemicals and their adverse effects.


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    Jul 21, 2023
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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 18 - Dec 3, 2023
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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 18 - Dec 3, 2023
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Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

This workshop provides a good foundation for supervising and managing with labor’s values. 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.


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    Sep 21 - 22, 2023
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    $950
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    New York, NY


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Register for Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

It is critical that managers at unions and social justice organizations receive training to become effective leaders and make the best use of limited resources. Participants learn techniques for helping their staff succeed and respond appropriately to common issues while honoring the values of the labor movement.


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    Sep 21 - Oct 20, 2023
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    $1700
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    New York, NY


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Register for Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

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 19 - 20, 2023
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    $950
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Register for Managing With Labor's Values - Part 2: Building Accountability

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

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