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Training for Unions and Labor Professionals

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

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Our institutional experience, world-class faculty, and deep relationships with labor organizations give us a unique and comprehensive understanding of unions and labor. 

Drawing on a wide range of research disciplines and organizational practices, we equip organizers to lead with labor's values, think strategically, and build collective-bargaining skills.

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Certificate Programs

The Non-Credit Labor Leadership Skills Certificate (Bootcamp)

This intensive and interactive four-class Labor Training curriculum is ideal for union members, leaders, and those aspiring to lead. Negotiate face to face and practice what we teach. Participants from across the USA from different sectors enhance the learning experience.

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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    In-Person
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

Register for Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

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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    In-Person
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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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    In-Person
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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


Register for Effective Communication

Register for Effective Communication

The Non-Credit Online Labor Leadership Skills Certificate

Take these four online classes at your own pace over three weeks per class. Learn the basics of being a steward, fine-tune your negotiation skills, and grasp how to cost a collective bargaining agreement. Earn a certificate in Labor Leadership Skills by completing these 4 focused online workshops from your home or office.

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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    Sep 7 - 27, 2022
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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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    Oct 3 - 23, 2022
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    $199

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Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

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

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Register for Costing Out a Contract (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, 2022
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    $199

Register for Effective Communication (online)

Register for Effective Communication (online)

Advanced Labor Leadership Skills Certificate (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.

Private Sector Labor Law


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    Oct 18, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Private Sector Labor Law

Register for Private Sector Labor Law

Organizing


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    Oct 19, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Organizing

Register for Organizing

Negotiating First Contracts


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    Oct 20, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Negotiating First Contracts

Arbitration


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    Oct 21, 2022
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Arbitration

Register for Arbitration

Private Sector Labor Law (online)


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


Learn more about Private Sector Labor Law (online)

Learn more about Private Sector Labor Law (online)

Organizing (online)


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


Learn more about Organizing (online)

Learn more about Organizing (online)

Negotiating First Contracts (online)


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


Learn more about Negotiating First Contracts (online)

Learn more about Negotiating First Contracts (online)

Arbitration (online)


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


Learn more about Arbitration (online)

Learn more about Arbitration (online)

For-Credit Classes

2022 Labor Studies Online Credit Classes

Fall 2022 Courses

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Unions

This course considers implications of expanded membership diversity and expectations of just treatment for organizational fairness and inclusion – i.e. diversity, equity and inclusion in unions. Emphasis will be placed on developing knowledge, awareness and skills and facilitate communication around difficult issues of race and other dimensions of difference.
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    Sep 19 - Dec 5, 2022
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    $625

Register for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Unions

Register for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Unions

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 19 - Dec 5, 2022
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    $625

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

Contract Administration

The contract lies at the center of day-to-day union practice. How can union leaders and rank and file members ensure that the contract is honored and not circumvented? Students in this online for-credit course will learn how to resolve problems that are contract-based by effectively utilizing grievance procedures.


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    Sep 19 - Dec 5, 2022
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    $625

Register for Contract Administration

Register for Contract Administration

2023 Labor Studies Online Credit Classes

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.

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


Learn more about Labor History

Learn more about Labor History

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.


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


Learn more about Private Sector Labor Law

Learn more about Private Sector Labor Law

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.


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


Learn more about Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union

Learn more about Building Effective Unions: Motivating and Organizing Union