At the Table: The Negotiations Process | Residential institute

Your union has done its planning and preparation, and now it is time to negotiate. What does this look like? This institute will educate you about what a union does during the bargaining process in its effort to reach a successful settlement. You will learn about:

  • Bargaining table do’s and don’ts
  • Consensus decision-making
  • Labor law and bargaining in good faith
  • Member activities

Preparing for Bargaining | Residential institute

What are the things your union needs to accomplish before you sit down to negotiate with your employer? This institute will guide you through the steps of preparing for collective bargaining in a way that positions you for success. You will learn about:

  • Factors that influence bargaining
  • The bargaining process
  • Research and proposal costing
  • Mobilizing members
  • Developing a bargaining plan and campaign

Time Study | Residential institute

Participants gain knowledge of the various systems used to establish a fair day’s work and incentive production standards. Instruction covers the theories, assumptions, and applications of stopwatch time study, including conducting stopwatch time studies, the steps required to calculate and audit production standards, and strategies for handling standards grievances and negotiating standards contract language. You will learn about:

  • Performance rating and allowance factors
  • Production standards and incentive calculations
  • Proper use and application of stopwatch for timing
  • Standard data and predetermined motion-time systems
  • Handling grievances and bargaining contract language

Advanced Worker’s Compensation | Residential institute

Improve your skills in representing injured workers with an in-depth examination of filing claims and representing workers before administrative law judges at the Department of Workforce Development. This institute is intended for representatives with a working knowledge of Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation system, whether from previous instruction or job-site experience. Participants will apply their new skills in a mock hearing before an administrative law judge. You will learn about:

  • Benefit calculations for injured workers
  • General licensing and permissions needed to represent injured workers
  • Common pitfalls experienced by workers in attempts to receive benefits

Intro to Worker’s Compensation | Residential institute

This institute is intended to provide the basics of the Wisconsin State Worker’s Compensation Law. Participants will hear from faculty, representatives of the Department of Workforce Development, and attorneys specializing in representing workers. You will learn about:

  • Rights and obligations of workers and employers
  • Worker’s Compensation administration
  • Recent and upcoming legal changes
  • Filing claims and medical releases
  • Participants’ workplace experiences

Internal Organizing | Residential institute

A residential institute 

A crucial educational program for any union – especially those seeking to adapt to “open shop” or “Right to Work.” Reinvigorate your union with successful strategies and fundamental principles for membership engagement. Learn how to identify and develop new activists, and apply benchmarks and assessments to test the strength of your organizing work. You will learn how to change the “What’s the union done for me lately?” mindset into a more comprehensive sense of collective strength.

Grievance Arbitration | Residential institute

A residential institute 

Develop the tools and knowledge to be an effective union rep during the grievance and arbitration processes. This institute will prepare students to investigate, write, and present grievances, plus draft and present arbitration cases. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and further develop what they learn through a case presentation before a labor arbitrator.

Labor and Employment Law | Residential institute

A residential institute

A critical look at the current state of public and private sector labor laws, workers’ rights under the laws, and participant exercises to prepare for worker-initiated enforcement. Topics include:

  • National Labor Relations Act
  • Collective protective activity
  • Anti-discrimination statutes
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Wage and hour laws
  • Health and safety in the workplace

Financial Officer Training | Residential institute

A residential institute 

Designed specifically for union financial officers including new treasurers, financial secretaries, trustees, and other union officers, the program covers regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor as well as record-keeping best practices to help you comply with the requirements of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. You will learn:

  • The fiduciary responsibilities of key union positions
  • Effective recordkeeping and potential pitfalls
  • Preparing budgets and financial reports
  • 10 steps in a successful audit preparation
  • Practice audit for real-world experience