PSLR Certificate Program Course Offerings


Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 Schedule

Fall | Spring

Fall 2016 Semester

Public Sector Labor Law
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Friday, September 9th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: James Mastriani, M.S.
This course will explore the fundamentals of public sector labor law, with a special focus on the New Jersey Employer-Employee Relations Act. Participants will receive an overview of key public sector legal concepts, practices, and procedures, with topics including the role of administrative agencies, scope of negotiations, representation cases, unfair practices, and impasse procedures.

Principles of Public Sector Unionism                                                                            Click here to register                                                                                            Friday, September 23rd, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.                                                                        Instructor: Professor Michael Merrill                                                                              The history of public sector unionism and an overview of the theory and practice of collective public sector representation and bargaining in the United States since the 1960s. Are public sector unions the same as or different from private sector unions? In what ways? With what consequences? Are they essential parts of our democracy or obstacles to its proper functioning?

Collective Negotiations in the Public Sector
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Thursday, October 27th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joel M. Weisblatt, Esq., J.D.
This introductory course provides the basic knowledge necessary to prepare for and conduct collective negotiations in the public sector. It will examine the structure of public sector bargaining, with a focus on recent trends; scope of negotiations; basic “costing out”; preparations for negotiations; and impasse procedures. Participants will receive useful tactical hints.

Discipline and Grievance Handling in the Public Sector
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Thursday, November 17th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joyce M. Klein, Esq., J.D.
This course will examine the grievance procedure, employee and employer rights and responsibilities, standards of just cause and their application to real life cases, and the burden of proof. Participants will discuss how to resolve grievances at the lowest level and will be given a brief overview of the arbitration hearing process.

PERC Procedures and Rules                                                                                                         Click here to register                                                                                                                              Thursday, December 1st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Don Horowitz, Esq., J.D.
This introductory course will review the basic procedures for the filing of petitions and charges with PERC. Topics include filing unfair practice charges; and filing petitions regarding representation issues, scope of negotiations issues, notices of impasse requesting mediation, as well as petitions requesting interest and grievance arbitration.

Principles of Public Enterprise                                                                                                             Click here to register                                                                                                                      Thursday, December 15th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.                                                                                Instructor: Professor Michael Merrill                                                                                                   This workshop explores the differences and similarities between private and public enterprises from the standpoint of economics and finance. Most Americans think of government enterprises as value deductive rather than value productive. In other words, the government is thought to drain more resources from the private sector in the form of taxes than it contributes in the way of wealth-enhancing goods and services. Is this notion true or false? Do public enterprises create wealth or do they merely redistribute it? Participants will review the available data and consider all the implications in each case for public sector employment and labor relations?

Spring 2017 Semester

Public Sector Grievance Arbitration
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Friday, January 27th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joan Parker, Ph.D.                                                                                   This sequence of two courses is designed to increase the practitioner’s skills in preparing for and presenting grievance arbitration cases. Major subjects discussed include preparing for arbitration, the hearing, presenting a case, standards for just cause, evidence, criteria for contract interpretation, remedies, the arbitration decision, and different arbitration systems. This interactive class also includes a film.

Advanced Public Sector Grievance Arbitration
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Friday, February 24th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joan Parker, Ph.D.
*Prerequisite - Public Sector Grievance Arbitration Class.                                          

Scope of Negotiations
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Thursday, March 9th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Don Horowitz, Esq., J.D.
This course will address all aspects of the scope of negotiations in New Jersey’s public sector. It will trace the legislative, judicial, and PERC developments that have impacted the issues that can and must be the subjects of collective negotiations and grievance arbitration. The class will also examine how PERC decides the scope of negotiations in particular cases.

Contract Interpretation
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Friday, March 31st, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Steven Weissman, Esq., J.D. & Philip Stern, Esq., J.D.
This class will examine how the meaning and enforceability of contract language negotiated under the N.J. Employer-Employee Relations Act has evolved notably over the last 40 years, and how court decisions, arbitrators’ opinions, and PERC rulings have served to establish a set of principles and guidelines for negotiating binding contract language in the public sector. Participants will learn the processes and procedures of enforcing and interpreting contract provisions, from both labor and management perspectives.

Conflict Resolution
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Thursay, April 20th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Saul A. Rubenstein, Ph.D.
Although labor relationships are rooted in underlying, fundamental conflicts of interest, there exist many techniques for reducing dysfunctional conflict. This class will expose participants to interest-based and other problem-solving techniques that can be used in grievances, at the bargaining table, and every day in the workplace. It also will examine models of labor-management cooperation in the public sector, and participants will learn through role playing and hands-on exercises.

Principles of Public Revenue
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Friday, May 12th, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Professor Michael Merrill
This workshop explores the history and theory of taxation, with a particular focus on the state and local, where it functions as the principal source of operating revenue, as opposted to the national level, where it does not. The workshop explores the reason for this difference and presents a variety of perspectives on the relationship between money creation and revenue, both public and private. What are taxes? How is money created and how is its value determined? Is it possible for governments to be self-supporting? Or must they always rely on loans and donations to pay their bills? If not, why not? And what difference does it make? If so, to what effect?