Certified Labor Relations Leader

  • Registration fee: $2,795

  • October 7-11, 2019
    Seattle, WA

    Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Lake Union
    925 Westlake Avenue North
    Seattle, WA
    Phone: (206) 213-0100
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Become part of the next generation of Labor Relations Leaders

Labor and employee relations professionals need specialized knowledge and skills to thrive in a unionized organization. From understanding the objectives of US labor relations to complying with federal and state labor laws, a solid foundation is the key to success.

This comprehensive certification program will provide you with the in-depth information you need as you:

  • Negotiate labor/management agreements
  • Lead in a unionized organization
  • Manage unionized employees
  • Interpret contract language
  • Respond to grievances
  • Represent the employer in arbitration hearings
  • Manage labor relations in your organization

By participating in this 5-day program, you will:

  • Differentiate yourself with a certification from one of the best Schools of Human Resources and Labor Relations
  • Gain a solid foundation in US labor relations
  • Effectively negotiate labor/management agreements
  • Ensure that labor agreements are properly administered
  • Minimize grievances and win arbitration cases
  • Comply labor laws, including
    • The National Labor Relations Act
    • State laws regarding Public Sector collective bargaining
    • Right-to-Work legislation
  • Develop an effective labor relations strategy



Why CertifyProfessional credentials are more important today than ever before. Earning your professional certification from MSU's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, one of the best and most respected Human Resources/Labor Relations Schools in the country, demonstrates mastery of content and commitment to the field of labor relations.

Stay up to date in this ever-changing field through biannual recertification. MSU's recertification program provides recognition and validation for lifelong learning and professional development in which HR professionals regularly engage.


Individuals who successfully complete the course, take part in discussions and exercises, and pass the required comprehensive examination will be recognized by Michigan State University's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations as a Certified Labor Relations Leader. They are entitled then to use the designation CLRL after their name.

Earn Recertification Credit Hours

Approved Provider This program has been approved for 36.5 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Please be sure to note the program ID number on your recertification application form. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute's® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.

Michigan State University SHRLR Executive Education This program has also been approved for 38.5 hours towards our HR Executive Education Continuing Education/Recertification credit hours, which will fulfill the two year continuing education credit hour requirements needed for recertification.


  • Day One: Labor History and the Legal Framework for US Labor Relations
    Gain critical insights for success and legal compliance
  • Days Two and Three: Contract Negotiations
    Experience the process through mock negotiations
  • Day Four: Administering the Labor Contract
    Learn the meaning of Management Rights, Past Practice, and more
  • Day Five: Grievances and Arbitration
    Conduct a mock grievance and present your case to an actual Arbitrator


Mary A. Bedikian Mary A. Bedikian, JD, is the former District Vice President, Detroit Region, of the American Arbitration Association, an organization for which she worked for 28 years. Her extensive experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) spans many sectors and includes training mediators and arbitrators in both the process and substance of ADR. Ms. Bedikian is an instructor for Administering the Labor Contract, Managing Grievances, and Preparing for Arbitration.

John P. Beck John P. Beck, M.A., is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He previously served as associate director of the School, primarily in charge of two of the School's outreach units, the Labor Education Program and Union Management Initiatives. He also co-directs a project (with Karen Klomparens, the Dean of the MSU Graduate School), "Building Mutual Expectations and Resolving Conflicts in Graduate Education," on the use of interest-based conflict resolution approaches for graduate students and their faculty mentors. John holds degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He worked for five years on the staff of the University of Michigan Labor Studies Center. He has taught labor studies on the community college level in both Oklahoma and Michigan and has taught history and education courses at the university level.

Robert Chiaravalli Robert Chiaravalli, Esq., is recognized for his expertise in the design and execution of strategies in labor and employment relations, compensation and benefits, international HR, alternative dispute resolution and specialized executive searches that improves profitability and work place effectiveness through people. As the founder and operator of Strategic Labor & Human Resources, LLC he brings nearly thirty years of experience to union and non-union shops. Prior to founding his consulting and law practice Mr. Chiaravalli’ s unique background included working for big labor (the UAW, Solidarity House-Research Department), big government (NLRB) and big business (CHRO & Chief Labor/Employment Counsel). Mr. Chiaravalli received a Bachelors degree in economics from the University of Michigan, a Masters degree from Cornell University’s Graduate School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. In addition, he completed the Program on Negotiations at Harvard Law School during his legal studies, the SCAO approved 40-hour training for mediators through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), and continuing education for MERC arbitrators, mediators and fact finders.

Stacy Hickox Stacy Hickox, JD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. Stacy practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SHRLR. Ms. Hickox also taught for several years at MSU's law school, including courses in employment law, civil rights, and disability law. Stacy has written a book on the Americans with Disabilities Act and several law review articles on various aspects of employment law. Her current research focuses on the employment of ex-offenders, including potential claims for adverse impact and negligent hiring liability.

Greg Freehling Greg Freehling, MLIR, is Director of Labor Relations at Arconic/Alcoa and has been in the labor relations field for more than 27 years. He has been in his current role as a corporate labor relations subject matter expert for eighteen years, and previously worked in different U.S. locations in both labor relations and human resources roles. He has a wealth of experience in contract administration, grievance investigation and hearings, and has prepared and presented innumerable cases at arbitration.

Michael G. Nowakowski Michael G. Nowakowski, JD, is an attorney, a mediator, an arbitrator, and educator. He has mediated and arbitrated thousands of disputes in collective bargaining, contract administration, employment discrimination, real estate, and auto lemon law cases. Mike was a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) for over four decades. At FMCS, and at several universities and law schools, Mike has taught and trained individuals in labor-management relations, negotiation, labor & employment law, and dispute resolution. He has been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America – Mediation and Arbitration".

Tina Riley Tina M. Riley, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She is the Director of the School's Human Resource Executive Education program and holds a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education as well as a Master of Arts in Labor Relations and Human Resources from MSU. Dr. Riley is a results-based educator and executive coach with expertise helping individual leaders and organizations, achieve their full potential through high-impact communications that build trust and promote inclusion and engagement.

She adopts an engaging and holistic approach to teaching that facilitates learners' ability to move from theory to practice. Her teaching style makes complex concepts accessible to graduate students and seasoned professionals alike. Dr. Riley teaches academic and professional development classes on a variety of HR and leadership topics including communications, leadership development, managing change, diversity and inclusion, conducting workplace investigations, and HR's role in cybersecurity.

Eileen Wilson Eileen M. Wilson, PhD is a faculty member at Michigan State University and has provided stewardship for MSU for 33 years including serving as special assistant in the Office of the President and Board of Trustees for two years, assistant dean of undergraduate education in the Broad College of Business and on numerous university committees. She holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy, Masters in Labor and Industrial Relations, and a PhD in College and University Administration. Dr. Wilson has over 30 years of HR/LR experience, taught labor management relations at MSU for over 15 years and teaches a study abroad program in St. Andrews Scotland each year.

One or more instructors listed above will be teaching


Registration fee: $2,795

The seminar fee includes:

  • Registration fees include all course materials
  • Year-long access to a dedicated website containing a wealth of additional resources
  • Certification examination
  • Certificate of completion
  • Travel and hotel expenses are not included
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation
  • Continental breakfast and networking lunch are included each day

Program times:

Registration & continental breakfast: 8:00am - 8:30am
Program times:
   Day 1: 8:30am - 5:30pm
   Day 2: 8:30am - 5:00pm
   Day 3: 8:30am - 5:30pm
   Day 4: 8:30am - 5:00pm
   Day 5: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Networking each day lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
October 7-11, 2019 course offering
October 7-11, 2019
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  • Cancellation four weeks prior to program start:  10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
  • Cancellation less than four weeks but at least two weeks prior to program start:  50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks prior to program start:  no refund.
  • These cancellation fees apply even if the participant wishes to reschedule to a later date for the same program or a different program.  Participants may send a substitute from the same organization for the same program and date with prior written notice and avoid the cancellation fee.

MSU reserves the right to cancel programs when enrollment criteria are not met or for conditions beyond its control. Any additional costs incurred by the enrollee of cancelled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.



Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs may be requested by calling SHRLR Executive Education at (517) 355-9592. We will do all we can to accommodate you. It would be especially helpful if you would contact us at least three weeks before the program.


  • MSU's Federal ID Number is 38-6005984
  • Business casual attire.
  • Please, no audio or video recording.


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