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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

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 3 - 23, 2022
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    $199

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Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

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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    Oct 4, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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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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    Oct 4 - 7, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $597
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

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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    Oct 5, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Negotiation Skills

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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    Oct 6, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Costing Out a Contract

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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    Oct 7, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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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 13 - 14, 2022
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    $950
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    New York, NY


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

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

Advanced Labor Leadership Skills Buffalo Boot Camp

Learn more about organizing, labor law, arbitration, and bargaining first contracts from a labor attorney with decades of experience. Guest speakers and role play help make these four intensive classes interactive and practical.


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    Oct 18 - 21, 2022
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    $597
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Advanced Labor Leadership Skills Buffalo Boot Camp

Private Sector Labor Law

This course focuses on labor management relations in the private sector as governed by the National Labor Relations Act, as amended. The course will touch on the statute and how it relates to other labor laws, and an overview of the NLRA and the NLRB.
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    Oct 18, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Organizing

Unions benefit employees in a myriad of ways, higher pay, better benefits, safer and healthier workplaces, higher civic engagement, etc. Public support is also high for unions with 2021 Gallup poll showing 68% of the public favors a union. Then why is such a small percentage of the US workforce unionized?
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    Oct 19, 2022
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Organizing

Negotiating First Contracts

Congratulations! You won your election vote, and the NLRB has “certified” your group as the collective bargaining representative. Now it is time to bargain a contract.
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    Oct 20, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Arbitration

This is a hands-on workshop for those with little or no experience in arbitration. Participants will leave with an understanding of the arbitration process and the skills they need to serve as an effective advocate in arbitration hearings.
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    Oct 21, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Emerging Viruses: Monkeypox, Polio, Influenza


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    Oct 21, 2022
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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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    Nov 1 - 21, 2022
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    $199

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How Does Workplace Exposure Occur? The Body's Routes of Entry for Chemicals and Biological Agents


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    Nov 18, 2022
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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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    Dec 1 - 21, 2022
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    $199

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The Impact of Work Stress


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    Dec 16, 2022
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Critical Incident Stress


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    Jan 20, 2023
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Occupational Asthma


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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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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

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Cannabis in the Workplace


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    Mar 17, 2023
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Hazards of Lead Exposure to Your Health


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    Apr 21, 2023
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Shiftwork, Long Hours of Work and Fatigue


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    May 19, 2023
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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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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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    $625

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Impact of Climate Change on Workplace Health and Safety


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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


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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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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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    $625

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