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These courses and certificates are designed from extensive research across both labor and management to equip professionals with deep labor-relations skills.

Overview

As the world’s leading labor-relations institution, we’re able to draw on 75 years of industrial and research experience to design our training.

Our research spans organizational and organized labor, letting us offer training programs that give labor relations professionals both deep understanding and practical experience.

Learn from researchers and practitioners, and from a range of skills including negotiations and bargaining and communication. Our certificate programs and workshops train people to systematically solve problems, and actively address the needs of labor relations.

Upcoming Courses

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.


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


Learn more about Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

Learn more about Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

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.


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


Learn more about Steward Training: Problem-Solving in the Workplace

Learn more about 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


Register for Negotiation Skills

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


Register for Costing Out a Contract

Register for Costing Out a Contract

Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Learn a step-by-step process on preparing for bargaining including aligning organizational, labor and bargaining strategies and developing management and union goals, and preparing for the bargaining table. An in-class project includes preparing and delivering a presentation to management to obtain bargaining mandate.


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    Oct 17 - 18, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $1495
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    New York, NY


Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

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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    In-Person
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    $597
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Advanced Labor Leadership Skills Buffalo Boot Camp

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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    In-Person
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Private Sector Labor Law

Register for Private Sector Labor Law

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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    In-Person
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Organizing

Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

You will explore how to implement your goals and objectives at the bargaining table. This includes understanding the differences between competitive and collaborative bargaining as well as at-the-table protocols, customs, and techniques unique to collective bargaining.


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    Oct 19 - 21, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $2195
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    New York, NY


Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

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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Register for Negotiating First Contracts

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


Register for Arbitration

Register for Arbitration

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.


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    Nov 1, 2022 - Apr 23, 2023
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    $597

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Online

Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - 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)

Conflict in a Union Environment

Learn practical approaches of how to diagnose and address this conflict and build a strong and productive relationship. Key focus is on the roles of union representatives and supervisors, rules and norms of a unionized environment, pre-discipline, just cause, communication skills and problem-solving applied to labor-management meetings.
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    Dec 12 - 14, 2022
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    $1995
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    New York, NY


Register for Conflict in a Union Environment

Register for Conflict in a Union Environment

Grievance and Arbitration Handling

This interactive course teaches how to analyze grievances and conduct grievance meetings with an eye towards fact-finding and resolution. Learn the basics of how arbitration works with the goal of being a more effective representative during the hearing.
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    Dec 15 - 16, 2022
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    In-Person
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    $1495
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    New York, NY


Register for Grievance and Arbitration Handling

Register for Grievance and Arbitration Handling

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.
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    Feb 20 - May 7, 2023
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    $625

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Register for Labor History

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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    $199

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Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

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

Register for Effective Communications At Work

Register for Effective Communications At Work

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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    $625

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

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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    $625

Register for Labor Relations in the Public Sector

Register for Labor Relations in the Public Sector

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