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Education and Training Calendar

Courses sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Please contact Lena Jones or Ryanne Metsker at 913-371-2640 for more information.

Jun 6, 2014 to Jun 11, 2014
Collective Bargaining Institutes Basic Class
Madison, Wisconsin

Course topics include administering the labor agreement, labor history and the Boilermakers’ history, collective bargaining, workers and the global economy, safety and health, listening skills, strategic communication, and structure and services of the Boilermakers union.

Jul 13, 2014 to Jul 18, 2014
Collective Bargaining Institutes Advanced Class
Madison, Wisconsin

Covers advanced topics such as legislative issues, letter writing tips, problem solving and grievance handling, common sense economics, health care bargaining, and building the union.

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

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

Apr 28, 2014 to May 2, 2014
Grievance Arbitration
Madison, Wisconsin

This course is designed for union members, stewards, officers and staff who want to learn more about the grievance arbitration process. In virtually all collective bargaining agreements the grievance procedure ends with an arbitration step. Understanding the arbitration process generally and the arbitration provision in your contract is critical for any union official from steward to staff representative. The course begins with a review of the grievance process, considerations for when to go to arbitration and the differences in handling contract language disputes versus discipline cases. The remainder of the course consists of classroom exercises and discussions that focus on various aspects of the arbitration process. Participants will work in teams to prepare and present a mock arbitration case to an actual arbitrator.

Topics covered include the scope of arbitration, authority of arbitrators and how to select them, preparing and presenting a case in arbitration including developing a "theory" of the case, gathering relevant facts and researching prior arbitration decisions, and proving the case using witnesses and exhibits. We will discuss standards that arbitrators use to decide cases, rules of evidence rules, and the law of arbitration including arbitrability, remedies and the limited bases for reversing arbitration decisions.

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Courses sponsored by the 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 13, 2014
Steward Training (LB408)
Buffalo, NY

This on-line 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 members right to representation 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. Participants need to check the website at least 3 times per week for three weeks. Total time expectation for three week online workshops is 10 hours.

Key Topics

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

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May 14, 2014
Negotiation Skills (LB410)
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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Sep 8, 2014 to Sep 28, 2014
Steward Training (LB408)
Online

This on-line 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 members right to representation 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. Participants need to check the website at least 3 times per week for three weeks. Total time expectation for three week online workshops is 10 hours.

Key Topics

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

More Information    

Oct 7, 2014
Steward Training (LB408)
Buffalo, NY

This on-line 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 members right to representation 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. Participants need to check the website at least 3 times per week for three weeks. Total time expectation for three week online workshops is 10 hours.

Key Topics

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

More Information    

Oct 8, 2014
Negotiation Skills (LB410)
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

More Information    

Courses sponsored by the The University of Iowa Labor Center

You may register for Labor Center programs on campus in one of four ways:

Online: Online Registration Form
By phone: 319-335-4144
By fax: print form and fax to 319-335-4464

By mail: print form and send to:

Labor Center
100 BioVentures Center, Room W130
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

May 12, 2014 to May 16, 2014
63rd Annual Labor Short Course
Iowa City, Iowa

The Labor Center's longest-running annual course. A week-long class designed to introduce newer union activists to many of the issues facing organized labor, plus sessions to improve practical skills needed by stewards and other union leaders. A great opportunity to build the leadership necessary to strengthen your union for the future.

Registration

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