ULA Course Offerings

 

*NEW* Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 Schedule

Online Trenton | Pleasantville | New Brunswick | West Caldwell
 

 

New Distance Education - Online E-College Course Added!

Changing Climates - Changing Perspectives: Labor and the Environment
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Course Code: ULA-CCCPFA14-EC
Dates: 10/21/14 - 12/4/14
Instructor: Ashley Conway
Description: This course will explore climate change from a labor perspective including the forces that shape labor and environmental policy and regulation in the U.S. and globally. Strategies to meet climate change challenges and opportunities will be examined. This course is offered in cooperation with Online Labour Academy (OLA) of the International Federation of Workers' Education Associations.

Trenton

IBEW Local 269, 670 Whitehead Road, Trenton, NJ 08648
 
Fall 2014 - 6:00 - 8:45 p.m., Tuesdays
 

Mediation in the Workplace
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Course Code: ULA-MIWFA-01-TNT
Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14
Instructor: Gail Richardson
Learn the fundamental skills of mediation 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. Avoid grievances using these skills or be better prepared to handle adversarial situations. Lecture and active role play.

Labor and Media
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Course Code: ULA-LMFA-02-TNT
Dates: 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2
11/11 - Veteran's Day - No Class
Instructor: Nat Bender
This course will analyze how corporate media characterizes workers, unions, and social movements. Based on understanding the political economy of the media industry, participants will develop practical strategies for their unions to pitch organizing messages to media outlets.

Spring 2015 - 6:00 - 8:45 p.m., Tuesdays
 

Labor History
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Course Code: ULA-LHSP-01TNT
Dates: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10
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.

Internal Organizing
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Course Code: ULA-IOSP-02TNT
Dates: 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21
Instructor: Gail Richardson
This class will begin to answer the question, "Why can't I get more people to join the union?" The course will explore some old tried and true methods for organizing as well as new, innovative techniques to communicate with potential members. Internal organizing can be a very effective way of increasing your membership and strength from within.

 

Pleasantville

IUOE Local 68, 850 North Franklin Blvd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
 
Fall 2014 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Family and Medical Leave Act Issues
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Course Code: ULA-FMLA-IFA-01PV
Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15
Instructor: Mark Belland
This course will instruct union activists on the most effective methods for filing complaints with government agencies and assisting members with resolving issues regarding Federal and State FMLA laws and other related statutes.

Labor History and the Movies
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Course Code: ULA-LHMFA-02PV
Dates: Dates: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3
11/26 - Day Before Thanksgiving - No Class
Instructor: Don Dileo
In this course, students will watch and discuss films that have a labor message in order to gain an understanding of how labor unions have impacted our lives and how unions are portrayed by the media. Discussion about workers' rights will follow each film.

Spring 2015 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Working with New Jersey's Legislative Process
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Course Code: ULA-WNJLPSP-01PV
Dates: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11
Instructor: Don Dileo
Students will gain an understanding of New Jersey's legislative process, how citizens' ideas become law, and how organized labor shapes legislation through lobbying and direct action.

Employment Law
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Course Code: ULA-ELSP-02-PV
Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
Instructor: Mark Belland
Students will understand laws that protect workers and their employment and working conditions and how these laws are enforced by government agencies.
 

New Brunswick

Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
 
Fall 2014 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Thursdays*
 

Creative Approaches to Grievance Handling
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Course Code: ULA-CAGHFA-01LEC
Dates: Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23
9/25 - Rosh Hashanah - No Class
Instructor: Pete 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.

Labor and Politics
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Course Code: ULA-LPFA-02-LEC
Dates: Dates* (Wednesdays): 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3
11/26 - Day Before Thanksgiving - No Class
Instructor: Eric Richard
Students will learn how to identify issues to create an effective political agenda. Explore how the political and bill-making process works, how coalitions can be built around issues, and how to lobby effectively.

Spring 2015 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Thursdays
 

Employment Law
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Course Code: ULA-ELSP-01-LEC
Dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12
Instructor: Bill Schimmel
Students will understand laws that protect workers, their employment, and working conditions, and how these laws are enforced by government agencies. 

Building Effective Unions
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Course Code: ULA-BEUSP-02-LEC
Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
Instructor: John Castella
Students will learn principles and techniques that will energize their rank-and-file members to become more active in their unions, and build a stronger and more effective union.

 

West Caldwell

IUOE Local 68, 14 Fairfield Pl, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
 
Fall 2014 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays


New Directions in the Labor Movement I
12 Week Total Course

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Course Code: ULA-NDLM-1FA-01-WC
Dates: 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15
Instructor: Mark Magyar
This course will explore the new faces of the labor movement, new approaches to organizing and political action, effective use of social media, and expanding partnerships with community organizations to promote social justice. This class will also look at the impact of globalization on the U.S. workforce.

New Directions in the Labor Movement II (Part 2)
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Course Code: ULA-NDLM-IIFA-02-WC
Dates: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3
11/26 - Day Before Thanksgiving - No Class
Instructor: Mark Magyar

Spring 2015 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Employment Law
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Course Code: ULA-ELSP-02-WC
Dates: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11
Instructor: Mark Belland
Students will understand laws that protect workers, their employment, and working conditions, and how these laws are enforced by government agencies.

Advanced Grievance Handling
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Course Code: ULA-AGHSP-02-WC
Dates: 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22
Instructor: Pete Donatello
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.