Education and Training Calendar

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

Please contact by phone at 608-262-2112 or email for more information.

Mar 13, 2017 to Mar 17, 2017
Enforcing Your Contract – The Grievance & Arbitration Process
Madison, Wisconsin

Understanding and effectively using the grievance and arbitration process to enforce your collective bargaining agreement is vital for union representatives, stewards, staff and members. This four-and-a-half day course covers every part of the process. The course will cover tools used to interpret collective bargaining agreements, writing effective grievances, and prepare participants for the later steps of the grievance process. The course will then address the role of arbitrators and how to choose them, and how to prepare and present an arbitration case, ultimately practicing a mock case before an arbitrator. Regardless of the level of responsibility of participants in the process, they will come away with a greater understanding of how to interpret their contract and protect their union’s members.

Registration Deadline: Monday, February 27

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Mar 25, 2017
Steward Training
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Learn about the role and responsibilities of an effective steward in this one-day community class.

We will cover essential topics of labor law, dispute resolution, interpreting the contract, writing grievances and concerted activity.

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Apr 3, 2017 to Apr 5, 2017
Internal Organizing
Madison, Wisconsin

A crucial educational program for any union, and especially those seeking to adapt to Act 10, “open shop” or “Right to Work.” Reinvigorate your union with successful strategies and fundamental principles for membership engagement.

Learn how to identify and develop new activists, and apply benchmarks and assessments to test the strength of your organizing work. You will learn how to change the “what’s the union done for me lately?” mindset into a more comprehensive sense of collective strength.

*Includes a copy of the new Labor Notes book, Secrets of a Successful Organizer

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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

Mar 6, 2017 to Mar 26, 2017
Steward Training (OLLB112)

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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Apr 3, 2017 to Apr 23, 2017
Basic 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.

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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May 1, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Costing Out a Contract (OLB116)

This is a practical, how-to-workshop to give union negotiators and bargaining committee members the skills they need to prepare for contract negotiations. Exercises are used throughout the workshop to illustrate how to calculate the projected costs of an agreement.

Key Topics

  • How to use the Consumer Price Index and measure real income
  • How to calculate percentage and dollar increase costs
  • Steps to costing out the union's demands
  • Practice as a mock bargaining unit costing out contract proposals

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Jun 5, 2017 to Jun 25, 2017
Effective Communication

For anyone who wants to improve oral presentation skills through instruction and practice in a supportive environment. Overcome reluctance to speak in public, analyze and understand your audience for maximum effectiveness, gain tools to organize your thoughts for a more effective/powerful presentation.

Key Topics

  • Learning to look, learning to listen: Analyzing other speakers. Analyze and understand your audience for maximum effectiveness
  • Tools to organize your thoughts and make your speech more effective/powerful
  • Specific techniques to calm those nerves and butterflies in the stomach
  • Practicing: Watch yourself on video; get constructive and supportive feedback
  • Dealing with a question-and-answer session, including hostile questions

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Courses sponsored by 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

Mar 15, 2017 to Mar 17, 2017
Collective Bargaining
Iowa City, Iowa

A hands-on approach intended to get union staff, officers, and both new and experience bargaining team members ready for bargaining. Includes sessions on bargaining law, preparation and research, member mobilizing, media and communication, persuasive techniques, impasse resolution, and a practice bargaining session.

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