Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program

The Labor Leadership Skills Program is designed for union members, leaders and activists. The workshops are intended to increase their ability to successfully respond to new conditions confronting organized labor.

Students learn valuable skills that are applicable in day-to-day functions. The materials combine academic and practical instruction with real-life experiences shared by a diverse group of students. Participants increase their understanding of labor unions and the legal context in which unions function; the rights and obligations of members and leaders, and future prospects for American workers in union and non-union workplaces.

Students interested in earning the Labor Leadership Skills Certificate must complete the following four workshops: Steward Training, Basic Negotiations Skills for Collective Bargaining, Costing Out Contracts and Effective Communications. These workshops utilize active participation, technology solutions and provide step‐by‐step details with specific examples whenever possible.

Buffalo Boot Camp

Virtual instructor-led boot camp training sessions utilizing Zoom and Canvas learning management system will include four consecutive days having a different topic or skill set. These classes will deliver social learning, engagement and practice gained without the limitations of a physical classroom.  You may take workshops individually at ($199 per day) or purchase the full boot camp for the discounted price of $597. Fee includes course materials. Those who are interested in registering into all four classes to obtain the discounted price of $597 should register here.

Boot Camp participants will receive the Cornell University ILR School Basic Labor Leadership Skills certificate upon completion.

Click on each course to view dates and individually register for each workshop offered during the Buffalo Boot Camp:

Online Boot Camp Courses (Non Credit)

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.

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.

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 workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program. For this online workshop, participants do not have to be online at a specific time.

3-week course

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 workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program. For this online workshop, participants do not have to be online at a specific time.

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 workshop is part of the four-course Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program. For this online workshop, participants do not have to be online at a specific time.

The time commitment for the on-line workshop is about 10 hours spread over a three week period.

For more information about this program, contact Art Wheaton at (716) 852-4191 x116 or email acw18@cornell.edu