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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

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, 2021
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    $199


Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

Labor Law and Contract Interpretation

Understanding the key do’s and don’t of the labor law and how arbitrators interpret collective bargaining agreements is critical to operating in a union environment. Learn key aspects of operating under the NLRA, including union organizing, unfair labor practices, good faith bargaining & what happens on impasse.
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    Nov 1 - 3, 2021
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    $1995


Register for Labor Law and Contract Interpretation

Register for Labor Law and Contract Interpretation

Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Learn a step-by-step process on preparing for bargaining including aligning organizational, labor and bargaining strategies and developing managment 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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    Nov 15 - 16, 2021
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    $1495


Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

Register for Preparation for Collective Bargaining

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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    Nov 17 - 19, 2021
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    $2195


Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

Register for Effective Collective Bargaining and Simulation

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, 2021
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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 6 - 8, 2021
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    $1995


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 9 - 10, 2021
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    $1495


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Register for Grievance and Arbitration Handling

Managing Conflict

This program allows busy union activists to take college credit courses regardless of location or work schedules. An introduction to dispute resolution theory and practice, this course examines the nature and sources of conflict and the role of negotiations, mediation, arbitration and fact-finding in the resolution of disputes.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

Register for Managing Conflict

Register for Managing Conflict

Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program, this course addresses the ethical dilemmas inevitably arise in the process of providing leadership. We'll explore causes of ethical tensions within unions and in the larger labor movement through readings about democracy, ethical theory, union history and structure, and organizational values.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

Register for Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

Register for Internet Literacy for Unionists: Social Media Tools and Online Research for Unionists

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 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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    Apr 4 - 24, 2022
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    $199

Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

Register for Negotiation Skills (online)

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