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Education and Training Calendar

Courses sponsored by School for Workers - University of Wisconsin-Extension

Please contact by phone at 608-262-2112 or email schoolforworkers@uwex.edu for more information.

May 10, 2016 to May 11, 2016
Building Labor-Community Partnerships
Madison, Wisconsin

Building long-lasting and strategic labor and community partnerships is essential to unions and communities. This class offers the knowledge, models, and tactics to build union-worker-community partnerships and explores ways to create alternative memberships. Themes include finding common ground, strategic long-term planning and organizing, using social media and technology, issue organizing, and grassroots approaches.

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Dec 5, 2016 to Dec 7, 2016
Essentials of Bargaining
Madison, Wisconsin

This all-inclusive course covers the fundamentals of collective bargaining and the whole bargaining process. It focuses on factors affecting collective bargaining outcomes, introduces strategic and tactical planning and membership mobilization, addresses key labor laws, bargaining health care and benefits, and developing an overall bargaining plan. The class also introduces the concepts of contract costing and research, which are covered more comprehensively in the Advanced Bargaining Tools class.

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Dec 8, 2016 to Dec 9, 2016
Advanced Bargaining Tools
Madison, Wisconsin

This specialized 2-day program provides a detailed, in-depth exploration of three topics: (1) costing contract proposals, (2) writing and evaluating contract language, and (3) individual and team conduct in caucuses and at the bargaining table.

You will learn:

  • How to calculate the cost of wage and benefit proposals, as well as multi-year package proposals
  • How to analyze and write the most effective language for your contract proposals
  • How to interact in negotiating team caucuses and at the bargaining table itself

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Courses sponsored by School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University

For more information or to register for courses offered by Cornell, please contact Becky Daniels at 716-852-4191 or rpd2@cornell.edu.

May 10, 2016
Steward Training (LB112)
Buffalo, New York

This tools-building 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 of their Weingarten rights will be covered. Participants will learn how to protect the grievance process, the equality principle, the seven tests of just cause, and how to simplify grievance writing.

Key Topics

  • Basics of labor law
  • Sound grievance procedures
  • The investigation
  • Writing the grievance

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May 11, 2016
Basic Negotiation Skills
Buffalo, New York

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.

Key Topics

  • The bargaining process, timing and procedures
  • Bargaining techniques, strategies and tactics
  • Maximizing effectiveness of the bargaining committee
  • Reading the other side; articulating the members’ needs; using the caucus
  • Identifying the employer’s pressure points
  • Coordinating table tactics with membership support activities

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