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Education and Training Calendar

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.

Sep 22, 2014 to Dec 1, 2014
Resolving Internal Union Conflict (LS256)
On-Line through ILR Extension

Conflict resolution is an everyday challenge for union leaders and activists in the workplace and within the union, where relationships matter. Knowing how to respond effectively is an essential skill for those who seek to influence outcomes. This course will explore conflict resolution as a mechanism for positive change and relationship building. The focus will be primarily at the interpersonal and group level, such as disputes that arise when dealing with another union member, between leaders and members, between diverse constituency groups within the local. We will consider the application of these ideas in the collective bargaining and contract administration arenas. The course will be interactive, using case study simulations and online activities to explore the substantive and relational aspects of resolving conflict.

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Sep 22, 2014 to Dec 1, 2014
Ethics in the Workplace (LS116)
Online through ILR Extension

Ethical dilemmas inevitably arise in the process of providing leadership. The causes of ethical tensions within unions and in the larger labor movement will be explored in this course through readings about democracy, ethical theory, union history and structure, and organizational values. Using case studies, group debates, and class discussions, students will examine the opportunities and dilemmas facing unions as they undergo internal change and revitalization. Different approaches to ethical decision-making will be evaluated to identify the values that guide students' own union work and to develop and practice new processes that will reinforce the integrity of your union.

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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

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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.


  • 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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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

Sep 25, 2014 to Sep 26, 2014
New Stewards' School
BioVentures Center, UI Research Park, Coralville, Iowa

Two-day school designed to prepare new union stewards for effective workplace representation. Sessions on roles and responsibilities of stewards, basic labor law, rights and roles in investigatory (Weingarten) meetings, grievance investigation and presentation, and introduction to labor history and union values.

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Oct 16, 2014 to Oct 17, 2014
Union Communications
BioVentures Center, UI Research Park, Coralville, Iowa

This program is for local union newsletter editors and leaders interested in developing effective communications within and about their unions. Learn why local union newsletters still matter, and how to start one or improve the one you have; find out how to create attention-getting messages and where to find quality information and free resources, and how high-tech tools such as e-mail and social media can boost your message.

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