ULA Course Offerings

 

*NEW* Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Schedule

Online Trenton | Pleasantville | New Brunswick | West Caldwell
 

 

New Distance Education - Online Courses

Eonomics for Trade Unionists: How to Guarantee a Fair Day's Wage for a Fair Day's Work
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Dates: September 14 - October 19, 2016
Instructor: Michael Merrill
Why is the USA so rich and so many of its people are so poor? This course explores the evidence of, and the reasons for, growing economic inequality and reviews the difference between the situation of wage earners in NJ compared to other states and countries. The course concludes with a review of alternative proposals to make the US a more equal and a more justice society.

Is your union ready for climate change?
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Dates: February 14 - March 21, 2016
Instructor: Ashley Conway
*Did Hurricane Sandy impact your members and their jobs?                                                                                                                                                    *Is your union ready and able to ensure that its members are treated fairly and promptly in the severe weather disasters to come?                                                                          *Does your union include climate change in its positions and policies?                                                                                                                                                            *Are you prepared to raise and discuss climate change issues?                                                                                                                                                 Whatever your views on climate change, severe weather disasters have a far-reaching effect on the economy, jobs, and the lives of members and their families. The future will bring increasingly frequent and severe weather disasters as we have seen with devastating droughts in California, uncontrollable fires in Canada, historic flooding in Texas and our own experience with Hurricane Sandy. Are the effects of climate change on your union's agenda? This course will examine unions' responses to climate change. You will learn best practices for communicating about climate change with members and employers. In this interactive online class you will hold discussions with other union leaders about the challenges and opportunities climate change presents.

Trenton

IBEW Local 269, 670 Whitehead Road, Trenton, NJ 08648
 
Fall 2016 - 6:00 - 8:45 p.m., Tuesdays
 

Collective Bargaining                                                                                                                           Click here to register                                                                                                                     Dates: Sept. 13, 20, 27 & Oct. 4, 11, 18                                                                  
Instructor: Ernest Whelan
In today's political and economic environment, unions need creative approaches to bargaining. Students will learn about legal issues, teamwork and effective committees. costing, and strategies and table tactics. Students will analyze and discuss recent examples of innovative contract campaigns. This class will also feature group activities and bargaining simulations.

Advanced Grievance Handling
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Dates: Oct. 25 & Nov. 1, 15, 22, 29, & Dec. 6
Instructor: Andrew Watson
This course provides students with creative approaches to resolving grievances in the workplace. Students will learn the latest techniques and skills in mediation, negotiations, and conflict resolution. This class will do extensive role-playing regarding how to reach the best settlement possible.

Spring 2017 - 6:00 - 8:45 p.m., Tuesdays
 

Mediation and Arbitration Basics
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Dates: Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 & Mar. 7, 14
Instructor: Don Dileo
Learn the fundamental skills of mediation and arbitration and the appropriate use of these skills in problem solving in the workplace. Determine when and where mediation can be used for position outomes as well as when mediation may not be the correct path. Learn the basics of arbitration. Avoid grievances using these skills or be better prepared to handle adversarial situations. Lecture and active role play.

Making the Union Strong-Mobilizing and Organizing for Change
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Dates: Mar. 21, 28 & Apr 4, 11, 18, 25
Instructor: Nat Bender
This course will attempt to help students better understand the history, rights and responsibilities of union membership in order to accomplish strategic goals. Students will explore union organizing and political campaigns in an attempt to discuss best practices and determine how they can transfer these skills to their own experiences and the community at large. Practical knowledge will be encouraged and developed through role-playing and critical dialogue.

 

Pleasantville

IUOE Local 68, 850 North Franklin Blvd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
 
Fall 2016 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Hurt at Work: Your Legal Rights - Part 1                                                                                          
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Dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 12, 19                                                                                               Instructor: Mark Belland
This course will cover a wide variety of topics related to workplace injury, illness and disease. Topics include Occupational Disease and Illness, Workers' Compensation, Workers' Compensation and the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Rights Against Third Parties, Reporting Injuries. What constitutes work-related, and Disability Rights.

Hurt at Work: Your Legal Rights - Part 2
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Dates: Oct. 26 & Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30                                                                                               Instructor: Mark Belland
*Prerequisite - Hurt at Work: Your Legal Rights - Part 1

Spring 2017 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Workers' Rights on the Job - Employment and Labor Law
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Dates: Feb. 1, 8, 15 & Mar 1, 8
Instructor: Mark Belland
This class answers the question all union activists hear from members - "Can they do that?" Students will gain an understanding of the laws that protect workers, their employment, and working conditions, and how these laws are enforced by government agencies. Students will also learn where to look for the right answers to questions concerning a union member's legal rights at work.

Navigating New Jersey Politics
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Dates: Mar. 15, 22, 29 & Apr. 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Don Dileo
Students will gain an understanding of New Jersey's political arena and legislative process, how citizens' ideas become law, and how organized labor shapes legistlation through direct action, coalition building and lobbying. 

New Brunswick

Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
 
Fall 2016 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Thursdays                  

                                                                                                                                                    Creative Approaches to Grievance Handling                                                                                       Click here to register
Dates: Sept. 15,22, 29 & Oct 6, 13, 20
Instructor: Peter Donatello
This course will introduce students to creative approaches to resolving grievances in the workplace. Students will learn the latest techniques and skills in mediation, negotiations, and conflict resolution.

Public Speaking and Media Skills
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Dates: Oct. 27 & Nov. 3, 10, 17, & Dec. 1, 8
Instructor: Nat Bender
One of the most effective ways to get your message across to an intended audience is to communicate in a clear concise, and informative manner. This course will attempt to help students build upon these basics and improve their ability to speak in a public forum. Students will be encouraged to craft their skill in traditional and new media outlets.

adversarial situations. Lecture and active role play.

Spring 2017 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Thursdays
 

Labor and Politics
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Dates: Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 & Mar. 2, 9
Instructor: John Castella
Students will learn how to identify issues to create an effective political agenda. Explore how the political and bill-making process works, how conditions can be built around issues, and how to lobby effectively.

Workers' Rights on the Job - Employment and Labor Law
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Dates: Mar. 16, 23, 30 & Apr. 6, 13, 20
Instructor: William Schimmel

This class answers the question all union activists hear from members - "Can they do that?" Students will gain an understanding of the laws that protect workers, their employment, and working conditions, and how these laws are enforced by government agencies. Students will also learn where to look for the right answers to questions concerning a union member's legal rights at work.

West Caldwell

IUOE Local 68, 14 Fairfield Pl, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
 
Fall 2016 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays


Mediation and Arbitration Basics
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Dates: Sept. 14, 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Barry Kushnir
Learn the fundamental skills of mediation and arbitration and the appropriate use of these skills in problem solving in the workplace. Determine when and where mediation can be used for position outcomes as well as when mediation may not be the correct path. Learn the basics of arbitration. Avoid grievances using these skills or be better prepared to handle adversarial situations. Lecture and active role play.

Collective Bargaining
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Dates: Oct. 26 & Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Instructor: Peter Donatello                                                                                           In today's political and economic environment, unions need creative approaches to bargaining. Students will learn about legal issues, teamwork and effective committees, costing and strategies and table tactics. Students will analyze and discuss recent examples of innovative contract campaigns. This class will also feature group activities and bargaining simulations.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Spring 2017 - 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Labor History
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Dates: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 & Mar. 1, 8
Instructor: Mark Magyar
Students will explore and understand the life of working people and the organizations they created in the 19th and 20th centuries, and how the history of labor can be preserved and promoted in the 21st century.

Labor and Politics
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Dates: Mar. 15, 22, 29 & Apr 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Mark Magyar
Students will learn how to identify issues to create an effective politcal agenda. Explore how the political and bill-making process works, how coalitions can be built around issues, and how to lobby effectively.