Certified Labor Relations Leader - CLRL

BECOME PART OF THE NEXT GENERATION OF LABOR RELATIONS LEADERS

REGISTRATION FEE: $2,795

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

 

PROGRAM DATES

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AGENDA

  • Day 1: Labor History and the Legal Framework for US Labor Relations
    Gain critical insights for success and legal compliance
  • Days 2 & 3: Contract Negotiations
    Experience the process through mock negotiations
  • Day 4: Administering the Labor Contract
    Learn the meaning of Management Rights, Past Practice, and more
  • Day 5: Grievances and Arbitration
    Conduct a mock grievance and present your case to an actual Arbitrator

INSTRUCTORS

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.

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.

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.

One or more instructors listed above will be teaching

WHY CERTIFY?

Professional 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.

THE CLRL DESIGNATION

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

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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • FOR VIRTUAL (ZOOM) PROGRAMS

    • Cancellation more than three weeks prior to the program start date: full refund.
    • Cancellation two weeks prior to the program start date: 10% cancellation fee; remainder of program fee refunded.
    • Cancellation after program materials have been posted/provided to participants (normally 2 days prior to program start date): no refund.
    • Cancellation fees may be waived if the participant registers and attends the same program within 12 months. Fees may only be waived once.
  • FOR IN-PERSON PROGRAMS

    • 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 canceled programs are the responsibility of the enrollee.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

ABOUT THE CLRL EXAM

  • There are 32 questions on the exam. They are short answer, true/false, and multiple choice
  • Other than the 16 days, the test is not timed. The exam is due at 11:55 p.m. ET on the 16th day after the last day of class
  • Participants can work on the exam over time. Their answers will be automatically saved as they're working on it. They can change their answers as many times as they wish, until they hit the "submit" button. The submit button is at the end of the exam.
  • A minimum of 75% is required to pass the exam and earn certification

 

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES

  • Program begins at 8:30am.
  • Year-long access to a dedicated website containing a wealth of additional resources.
  • Certification examination.
  • Certificate of completion.
  • In-person programs include:
    • Continental breakfast and networking lunch each day.
    • Registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:00am.
    • Travel and hotel expenses are not included.
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation.

 

CONTACT US

  • We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this training program. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu.

 

DID YOU KNOW...WE CAN COME TO YOU!

  • You can bring this program on-site for your team or virtually through Zoom. It will lay the groundwork for success, provide a common framework and language as well as incorporate your organizational challenges. Contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu to discuss how you can multiply the benefits of MSU programs and save money by bringing this and other programs to you.