Labor Relations basic Survival Skills


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Duration
90 Mins
Level
Intermediate
Webinar ID
70042

Labour Relations means working with a Union and knowing about HR does not always prepare one for success in a unionized environment. This is because Labor Relations has a unique culture as well as laws requiring a different and even more specialized skill set which will be introduced in this webinar. So, regardless of if you are on either side of the table, new to Labor Relations, considering it for a future career move or already in the area and want to learn as much as you can then this webinar is for you!

Why Should You Attend

"Luck favours the prepared" so if you are going to be involved in Labor Relations it’s important to know all you can. 

For example, even if there is no union to represent employees, or even if there is a union presence but it does not represent a group of non-supervisory employees, if 2 or more from that group tell the employer they want to negotiate over their wages, hours and working conditions does the employer have to? Answer: Yes, and if the employer refuses, they need to be prepared to deal with an Unfair Labor Practice charge from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). 

Or if an employer unilaterally decides to change a past practice, can they do so? Again (and depending upon the circumstances), not without exposing themselves to a ULP!

So, when it comes to Labor Relations, ignorance is neither bliss nor management! It is simply high-risk behaviour and this webinar will be invaluable in helping you fill that knowledge gap so you can safely navigate the Labor Relations waters.

Objectives of the Presentation

Do you know the difference between past practice and precedent? Or what a management rights clause in a contract really means? How about the obligation of the employer to bargain with employees even if a union is not representing them? Are you aware of what a self-help remedy is and its relation to the “work now, grieve later” approach? What about mandatory, permissive, and forbidden subjects of bargaining and their relation to wages, hours and working conditions to avoid committing a ULP (Unfair Labor Practice)? And what role does the Union Steward have and what are the best practices to establish and maintain an effective/productive relationship with a Steward? Do you know what the 7 tests of just cause are and the criteria for due process in disciplinary matters? What about an employee’s privacy rights during an investigation? Why do Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBAs) contain seniority clauses, what are the different types of seniority and their exceptions. Are you sure you are being as effective as possible in processing employee complaints/grievances? 

The answers to all these questions and more will be brought to light in this webinar so if you want to know all you can and need to about the basics of Labor Relations then this webinar is for you!

Areas Covered in the Session

Participants will have an increased understanding of and be better able to assist in the areas of
 » Labor Relations survival principles
 » Role of the Union and its Representatives (Weingarten)
 » Wages, hours and working conditions (Mandatory, permissive and forbidden)
 » Reading/interpreting the Collective bargaining Agreement (CBA)
 » Reserved rights
 » Past Practice and Precedent: what they are and how they can be changed.
 » Work now, grieve later and self-help remedy.
 » Jurisdictional questions
 » Contracting out
 » Seniority
 » Just Cause
 » Due process
 » Loudermill Rights for Public Sector
 » The Art of Questions
 » The Ancient Art of Listening
 » Standards of proof
 » Grievance processing
 » The DFR (Duty to Fairly Represent) question

Who Will Benefit 
 »  All level managers, supervisors, and executives. All Levels of both in-house and outside counsel. All levels of Union representation and officers (stewards, Business Representatives, Business Managers, Presidents, and all officers/ board members). All levels of Human Resources.

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Bob Oberstein

Bob Oberstein is uniquely qualified with over 50 years of Labor Relations experience on both sides of the table in both the private and public sectors and is the recipient of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director's Award for lifetime achievement in promoting positive Labor Management Relations. Bob also was the Director of the Labor Management Relations BA and certificate programs at Ottawa University, Phoenix where he also developed and taught Labor Relations and Human Resources related courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Bob has several published articles to his credit in addition to his arbitration awards and has also been recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Additionally, Bob has served on several boards and commissions and panels where he participated in resolving or adjudicating all manner of workplace issues in a variety of industries. Moreover, Bob also holds a Master of Jurisprudence in Labor and Employment Law from Tulane University's School of Law. Bob has and continues to serve the labor management community as well as other groups as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Facilitator, Investigator, Trainer and Educator.

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