Lessons in Labor Relations

Monthly short courses for management and labor relations professionals

REGISTRATION FEE: $200/session or $1,400/year

OVERVIEW

Michigan State University, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Professional Development Program will begin offering monthly "short courses" designed to deliver practical labor relations guidance for management labor relations practitioners.

Geared for individuals in labor relations roles and/or have labor relations accountability, these highly interactive sessions will be Zoom based, 60-90 minutes in length, with participant breakout sessions, and time for Q&A.

Subject matter will vary each month, providing guidance on tactical, instructional topics faced in the daily unionized work environment as well as deeper dive subject matter discussions to enhance the depth of labor relations knowledge.

The series will start by focusing on labor relations’ key customers – Operational Management, Union leadership and the Chief HR/LR officer.  Representatives from each of these customer bases will share their thoughts and recommendations on being an effective labor relations practitioner. From there we will discuss the subjects and topics necessary to be effective and ensure we factor in customers’ needs.

 

SCHEDULE

Monthly sessions are $200 per person. Alternatively, you can subscribe for the year and attend all sessions for a discounted rate of $1,400.

Note: The published schedule and guest speakers are subject to change given availability or a pivot if there is developing or significant labor relations happenings during the year. Registrants will be notified of any changes in advance.

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Creating value and making change: Facilitating/achieving operational excellence

Thursday, June 17, 2021
10:00am ET via Zoom

Description: Change is difficult, especially in an established unionized environment. When changes are necessary to work rules, practices, or agreements, how does one go about it? The first step is an assessment of where the matter(s) reside. Is it contract language, a local or department agreement, or past practice? We will discuss how to go about this assessment and how to create a game plan to address the issues.

Lead Faculty: Greg Freehling

Registration Fee: $200

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Management rights clause: You have the keys (unless you gave them away)

Thursday, July 15, 2021
10:00am ET via Zoom

Description: The managements right clause is probably the most powerful and yet most overlooked provision of the labor agreement. What is this clause? Why is it so important, and why are some clauses short and other expansive? We will discuss the building block of the collective bargaining agreement.

Lead Faculty: Greg Freehling

Registration Fee: $200

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Administering the contract: We all have rules to follow

Thursday, August 19, 2021
10:00am ET via Zoom

Description: Administering a labor agreement on a daily basis is part science and part art. To be successful you must deal with what the contract says and what is doesn't say. There is a myriad of obligations inside of the contract that all roll up into administering a contract. We’ll discuss strategies on how to properly and effectively administer the labor agreement.

Lead Faculty: Greg Freehling

Registration Fee: $200

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Due process: It is a matter of knowing the blueprint

Thursday, September 16, 2021
10:00am ET via Zoom

Description: It is a very rare contract that does not include the principle of due process or just cause. This concept is the basis for all disciplinary action. Due process can be complex and at times emotional. However, it is a relatively straight forward process that any third party or arbitrator is going to expect and demand when asked to make a disciplinary judgment. We will explore what constitutes due process and how to ensure due process isn't overlooked in the heat of the moment.

Lead Faculty: Greg Freehling

Registration Fee: $200

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Past practice: The dark matter of the labor universe

Thursday, October 21, 2021
10:00am ET via Zoom

Description: What are the unwritten rules and practice that have evolved during the life of the labor agreement? The contract language only goes so far and is not designed to cover every specific matter or situation. Just like dark matter – matter that exists in the universe but cannot be seen –there are topics that aren't written but have the weight of contract language. We will go over this concept and how one can go about changing a past practice.

Lead Faculty: Greg Freehling

Registration Fee: $200

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Investigations: No surprises need apply

Thursday, November 18, 2021
10:00am ET via Zoom

Description: A proper investigation is critical to any situation that will require a decision or to find out what happened in a matter that could lead to disciplinary action. The last thing anyone wants is to be surprised by a fact or matters that were not uncovered until it was too late. That will derail any situation and reflect poorly on those in charge of the investigation. We will talk about what constitutes a proper and thorough investigation.

Lead Faculty: Greg Freehling

Registration Fee: $200

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The grievance process: It is more than "Grievance Denied"

Thursday, December 16, 2021
10:00am ET via Zoom

Description: The grievance procedure is designed to allow employees and the union to raise concerns and challenge decisions. It is designed to ensure any concern is properly investigated and properly addressed. Effective grievance procedures allow for a much more efficient operations and employee satisfaction. What does it take to have such a process in your organization?

Lead Faculty: Greg Freehling

Registration Fee: $200

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Lead Faculty

Greg Freehling

Greg Freehling, MLIR has been leading and managing the relationships and accountability required to create successful labor outcomes for over 30 years. He was the Director of Labor Relations for Arconic at his retirement. In this role, he was accountable for the global labor relations for the corporation. His career spans plant and corporate responsibilities across Alcoa and its spin-off Arconic, as a labor relations manager, human resources manager, and corporate labor relations consulting and administration duties. He is a subject matter expert with an extensive background in contract administration, grievance and arbitration advocacy and contract negotiations. He has provided training, advice, and counsel across Alcoa and Arconic locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. He's developed and conducted labor relations training programs for labor relations and line supervisors and leaders, and managed stakeholder communications before and during negotiations. In addition, he has been teaching courses for the School of Human Resources and Industrial Relations Professional Development program for the past eight years.

Guest speakers information are listed in session descriptions above.

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.

 

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations for people with disabilities or special dietary needs (when meeting in-person) may be requested by contacting Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu. We will do all we can to accommodate your request.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES

  • All course materials.
  • Space is limited, so we advise registering as soon as possible to secure your participation.

 

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.
Questions?  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this or any of our training programs. Please contact Program Coordinator, Kristi White at whitekr@msu.edu.