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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

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)

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)

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

Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

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.


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


Learn more about Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

Learn more about Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

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.


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


Learn more about Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

Learn more about Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

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)

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.


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


Learn more about Managing with Labor's Values - Part 2: Building Accountability

Learn more about Managing with Labor's Values - Part 2: Building Accountability