Labor Law 101 - Public Sector Negotiations - ZOOM - July 18, 2024

Labor Law 101 - Public Sector Negotiations - ZOOM - July 18, 2024

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Negotiating a strong contract requires a broad range of knowledge and skills. Increasingly these days, this includes a good understanding of the basics of labor law as it relates to bargaining. This is especially true now that some public sector labor laws are becoming more union-friendly, in some cases even more so than the law that applies to private sector unions.

Employers often seek to have an edge in bargaining by sending lawyers to the table, hoping that they’ll intimidate and outmaneuver the (nonlawyers) on the union bargaining team. Some unions respond by lawyering up and have the attorneys spar. But another option is for the union team to have a firm enough grasp of the fundamentals of labor law so that they can hold their own at the table.

This zoom session will cover the basics of labor law that union negotiators in the public sector need to know: understanding "good faith bargaining"; how to use legal mechanisms to force your employer to furnish information; knowing the legal implications of the “subjects of bargaining (mandatory, permissive and unlawful topics); legal and unlawful tactics that can be part of a contract campaign; and impasse resolution (mediation / factfinding / arbitration, imposition of “last, best offer”, and strikes and lockouts.)

Michael Mauer has worked as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board and in the AFSCME General Counsel's office, and as an attorney / negotiator with a number of unions, including serving as Director of Organizing and Services for the American Association of University Professors and Director of Collective Bargaining for SEIU. His publications include The Union Member’s Complete Guide, Welcome to the Union, and Academic Collective Bargaining. His faculty experience includes teaching in the labor studies programs at the AFL-CIO’s National Labor College, the University of Illinois, and Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.



What have past attendees said about this webinar?

The best part of this workshop:

-- “Having a teacher who is both lawyer and laborer in mind and heart. The expertise alongside the fighting spirit was great!”

-- “Instructor's breadth & depth of knowledge of the subject matter, and his relevant experience in the field”

-- “Everything was right to the point”

– “It was quite thorough / comprehensive!”

– “Overall outstanding workshop”

– “I really admire and truly appreciate him taking the time to provide us with his 30 years of wisdom. Thank  you!”


When:   July 18, 2024
Where:  Zoom
Time:     6:00 - 7:30 p.m. (EST)
Cost:     $40

If you are taking this class for the first time, you may purchase The Union Member’s Complete Guide and Welcome to the Union for a 10% discount; please click here.

A Zoom link will be send one week prior to the event.