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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

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 9 - 29, 2021
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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)

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 20 - Dec 6, 2021
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    $625

Register for Labor Relations in the Public Sector

Register for Labor Relations in the Public Sector

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 20 - Dec 6, 2021
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    $625

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

Register for Advanced Collective Bargaining

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 4 - 24, 2021
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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 5, 2021
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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

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 5 - 8, 2021
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    $597
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    Buffalo, NY


Register for Labor Leadership Skills Certificate Program - Boot Camp

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 6, 2021
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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 7, 2021
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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 8, 2021
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    $199
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    Buffalo, NY


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Register for Effective Communication

Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

This workshop provides a good foundation for supervising and managing with labor’s values. 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.


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    Oct 21 - 22, 2021
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    $950
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    New York, NY


Register for Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

Register for Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

It is critical that managers at unions and social justice organizations receive training to become effective leaders and make the best use of limited resources. Participants learn techniques for helping their staff succeed and respond appropriately to common issues while honoring the values of the labor movement.


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    Oct 21 - Nov 19, 2021
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    $1700
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    New York, NY


Register for Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

Register for Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

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

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Register for Costing Out a Contract (online)

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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    Nov 18 - 19, 2021
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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

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

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Register for Effective Communication (online)

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

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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

Labor and Film

Part of the Online Labor Studies Program this course examines the history of unions in the US through the use of film. Students will explore the various social issues raised by each film. Each week we will watch a film, analyze it, and discuss our reactions.


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    Feb 21 - May 9, 2022
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    $625

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Register for Labor and Film

Cultural Diversity

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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    Jun 6 - Jul 31, 2022
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    $625

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Register for Cultural Diversity