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Labor Relations Training for Managers and Supervisors in a Unionized Setting

As a front-line supervisor or manager, you continuously face new employment challenges. Obtain the tools to tackle these challenges, and build knowledge to oversee contract regulations with conviction.

This class is pre-approved by the Society for Human Resource Management for 14 Professional Development Credits (PDCs) towards the SHRM-SCP or SHRM-CP.

This course can be applied to the Labor Relations Certificate.


Harry Secaras

Harry Secaras

Mr. Secaras counsels and represents employers throughout the country in traditional labor matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act, collective bargaining and grievance/arbitration matters. He also counsels and represents employers in employment law issues (including issues arising under Title ... read more

Steven Bierig

Steven Bierig

Steven M. Bierig is an arbitrator and mediator specializing in national labor and employment disputes. He is appointed to cases on an ad hoc basis and is a member of arbitration and mediation panels including the United States Postal Service ... read more

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand laws every supervisor should know
  • Comprehend arbitration and how it differs from a trial
  • Avoid unnecessary grievances

Course Outline/Topics

As a front-line supervisor or manager, you face new employment challenges. This program provides the tools you need to deal with these challenges. You gain the knowledge and confidence to deal with union contract regulations. An effective supervisor or manager today must be able to spot potential problems early and solve those problems before they become costly grievances or lawsuits.

Program Agenda

Day One: 8:30am-12pm
Introduction to Unions

  • Common reasons why employees choose a union
  • The supervisor’s role in union relations
  • The union steward – the proper role
  • An employee’s right to union representation – understanding the NLRB’s “Weingarten” Decision

Day One: 1-4pm
Know and Understand All of the Rules

  • Administering the union contract while maintaining productivity
  • Labor and Employment Discrimination laws every supervisor should know
    – National Labor Relations Act
    – Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    – The Civil Rights Act of 1991
    – The Age Discrimination in the Employment Act
    – The Americans with Disabilities Act
    – The Family and Medical Leave Act
    – State Workers’ Compensation Laws
  • Conducting an Effective Investigation
  • Employee Discipline
    – Making it Stick

Day Two: 8:30-11:30am
The Grievance Process and Arbitration:

  • What is the purpose of the Grievance Process?    -Discovery
    – Reaching settlement
  • What is Arbitration and how is it Different From a trial?
    – Format
    – Binding Nature
  • Effective contract administration – how to avoid going to arbitration
  • Living with one another: developing a non-confrontational relationship
  • Avoiding unnecessary grievances
  • Effective use of the grievance procedure
  • Alternatives to arbitration

Day Two: 12:15-3:30pm
What the arbitrator looks for:

  • Disputes over employee discipline
  • Disputes over contract language
  • Common issues that frequently arise at arbitration
    – Past practice on contract interpretation
    – Making sure the penalty fits the crime
    – Credibility issues
    – Language of the contract
    – Language of limitation

Winning Arbitration Strategies

  • Preparation for arbitration – winning your case before the hearing starts
  • Testifying at the arbitration hearing
  • How the arbitrator really decides cases


"Very informative and great instructors. They provided many real life examples that helped connect the concepts to something tangible…Steve was very knowledgeable and encouraged participation and also had videos to break up the lecture. Breakout out period at the end was very helpful. Harry was also very knowledgeable and provided many real life examples that were helpful. He asked the group questions and welcomed debate, which was interesting. I wouldn’t change anything – the day went by fast. I would highly recommend this course."  —  Cole Smith, Human Resources Generalist, Systems Control, 2018

"The experience Harry Secaras and Steven Bierig brought to the course allowed them to convey the information using real examples of how the materials apply in our day to day roles. Their videos, examples, stories and activities were the highlight of the course for me. Both also demonstrated a genuine interest in the learners and spent additional time after class answering questions. Great experience overall!"  —  Karen Moss, Sr HR Manager, Aggreko, 2018

Date: Sept 30-Oct 1

Delivery Method: Face-to-Face

Time: 8:30am-4pm

Location: UWM School of Continuing Education

Steven Bierig
Harry Secaras


$845 by Sept 16
$895 after Sept 16

CEUs: 1.4, PDCs: 14

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 5045-12902

Registration Deadline: Sept 30

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