Labor Studies Skills Courses

Public Employee Labor Relations Act

January 15 9:00 - 12:00 PM
Room – Humphrey 50B

Instructor: Debbie Prokopf

This course provides an overview of where we’ve been and where we’re going in public sector unionization. We’ll have a brief overview of the organizing that led to the passage of the Public Employment Labor Relations Act (PELRA) in Minnesota. We’ll explore some of the key provisions of PELRA, along with other laws governing public sector employment. And we’ll take a look at recent developments in states like Wisconsin and Iowa and learn how a robust internal organizing program can keep us strong us even in challenging political times. $50



Collective Bargaining - 3 Part Course  (LBR  X0011)

Instructors: Monica Bielski Boris and Latonya Smith (FMCS)

Thursday, February 7, 2019   9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, February 14, 2019  9:00am – 12:00pm
Thursday, February 21, 2019  9:00am – 12:00pm

Room- Carlson L-122

This three-session course is for new bargaining committee members, those looking for a refresher of bargaining basics, and unionists wanting to understand the process of bargaining a contract. We will cover preparing for bargaining including surveying members and conducting research; bargaining at the table; developing proposals; and building power through member and community engagement. The final session is taught by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and addresses avoiding impasse and mediation. $150



Grievance Handling  (LBR  X0006)

Tuesday March 19, 2019  9:00am – 12:00pm
Mondale Hall -  Room 35

Instructor: Amy Livingston

This course covers the basics of the union grievance procedure for stewards, leaders and activists.  We will discuss the how to’s of determining if something is a potential grievance, investigating a grievance, resolving the grievance at the first step, and writing a grievance. $50.



Labor and the Fight for $15  (LBR X0012)

Wednesday March 20 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Blegen Hall

Instructors: Clare Thiele and Kristiana Wright

Amid a crisis of poverty and inequality in the U.S., the idea of a $15 minimum wage has gone from laughable to viable in just a few years. Labor organizations in the Twin Cities and across the nation have advanced the Fight for $15 through organizing, bargaining, and legislation.


Drawing lessons from campaigns in Minneapolis and St. Paul, this class develops a model for workers to build power to win bold, inspiring demands. In so doing, it encourages attendees to consider how ordinary people can make a difference in the struggle for economic justice. $50





Arbitration  (LBR X0013)

Monday April 15, 2019 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Hubert H. Center
Room - Humphrey SPA - 50B

Instructor: John Remington

This course covers the basic principles of evidence and preparation of witnesses, developing a theory of your case, and the principles arbitrators rely on to decide cases. It will also consider such issues as discipline, contract interpretation standards, past practices, worker rights and management rights. It is designed for those who have completed a basic steward training course. $50





Labor and Mass Incarceration  (LBR X0014)

Saturday April 27, 2019 9:00am – 5:00pm

Hubert H. Center
Room- Humphrey SPA - 50B

Instructors: Amy Livingston & Alanna Galloway

Over the past 30 years, the number of people who are incarcerated in the U.S. has grown from 300,000 to over 2.2 million, disproportionately impacting communities of color and poor people. Meanwhile, labor unions represent thousands of workers who staff the jails, prisons, and detention facilities across the United States. Although the labor movement and the movement to end mass incarceration appear to be at odds, this course will examine the common ground between the two movements and explore possible avenues for collaboration. $50