ULA Course Offerings

 

*NEW* Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Schedule

Online Trenton | Pleasantville | New Brunswick | West Caldwell
 

 

New Distance Education - Online Courses

Labor in the Global Economy
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Course Code: ULA-LIGEFY16--SP16
Dates: Mondays, February 1 to March 11, 2016
Instructor: Will Brucher
This course will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. labor movement triggered by the globalization of labor markets and production. Students will review the character of global restructuring driven by "free market" policies and their effects on workers and labor standards. The course will also include an overview of industrial relations systems and labor movements in other parts of the world. Finally, students will analyze the growing efforts of union and worker organizations to find new models for organizing and build the global labor movement.

Changing Climates - Changing Perspectives: Labor and the Environment
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Course Code: ULA-CCCPFY16-SP16
Dates: Tuesdays, February 16 - March 22, 2016
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 2015 - 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.
 

Globalization: How it Affects Our Work and Our Lives
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Course Code: ULA-GAWLFY16--FA15-TNT
Dates: (Wednesdays) 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14,                                                                   
Instructor: Gail Richardson
This course will explore ideas about why we need to develop a global view of our roll in the changing world order and how our unions can and should play a role. By bringing in the thoughts and ideas of labor unionists from other parts of the world to explore these ideas from a different although aligned perspective. We may find some new ideas for thinking globally but acting locally right here in our unions. We will also try to answer the question "if labor is performed internationally; should unions consider organizing internationally?"

Creative Approaches to Grievance Handling
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Course Code:ULA-CAGHFY16--FA15-TNT
Dates: (Tuesdays) 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13,10/20
Instructor: Andrew Watson
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.

Navigating New Jersey Politics
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Course Code: ULA-NNJPFY16-FA15-TNT 

Dates: (Tuesdays) 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
Instructor: Mark Magyar
Students will gain an understanding of New Jersey's political arena and legislative process, how citizens' ideas become law, and how organized labor shapes legislation through direct action, coalition building and lobbying.

Spring 2016 - 6:00 - 8:45 p.m., Tuesdays
 

Working in Coalitions
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Course Code: ULA-WICFY16-SP16-TNT
Dates: 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1, 3/8
Instructor: Nat Bender
Unions face an uphill battle in their efforts to strengthen economic security for workers and address issues of inequality and fairness in the workplace. These and other related issues also exist in our surrounding communities and our society as a whole, highlighting the need for strong community-labor coalitions. Students will learn about how their unions can identify and develop effective working relationships with community coalition partners. Strong coalitions can be instrumental in supporting union job actions, organizing campaigns, and political action. In turn, union members can strengthen the effectiveness of coalition partners in achieving their goals.

Building Strong Unions
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Course Code: ULA-BSUFY16-SP16-TNT
Dates: 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26
Instructor: Nat Bender
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. The class will focus on how to develop leaders, build committees, energize members and conduct steward training and education, as well as the best practices for teamwork, communication, mobilization, and organizing. Students will practice these methods through group discussion, activities, and role-play.

 

Pleasantville

IUOE Local 68, 850 North Franklin Blvd, Pleasantville, NJ 08232
 
Fall 2015 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Mediation and Arbitration Basics                                                                                              
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Course Code: ULA-MAB-FY16-FA15-PV
Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21                                                                                                                                                                                             Instructor: Mark Belland
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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Course Code: ULA-CBFY16-FA15-PV
Dates: 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23
No Class  11/11  Veterans Day                                                                                                                              11/25 Day before Thansgiving                                                                                            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.

Spring 2016 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Contract Interpretation and Enforcement
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Course Code: ULA-CIEFY16-SP16-PV
Dates: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9
Instructor: Kathleen Kirvan
Collective bargaining agreements are only effective at protecting wages, benefits, and working conditions if union members know how to enforce those agreements. Students will learn about how to understand and interpret contract language and how to use grievance procedures, unfair labor practices, labor-management committees, and member education and collective action as tools for enforcement.

Advanced Grievance Handling
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Course Code: ULA-AGHFY16-SP16-PV
Dates: 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
Instructor: Mark Belland
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.
 

New Brunswick

Labor Education Center, 50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901
 
Fall 2015 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.

 

Hurt at Work: Your Legal Rights                                                                                                       Click here to register
Course Code: ULA-HAWFY16-FA15-LEC
Dates: (Wednesdays) 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21
Instructor: Chris Placitella
This course will cover a wide variety of topics related to workplace injury, illness and disease. Topics include Occupational Disease and Illness, Workers Compensation, Rights Against Third Parties, Reporting Injuries, What constitutes work-related, and Disability Rights.

Internal Organizing
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Course Code: ULA_IOFY16-FA15-LEC
Dates: (Thursdays) 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22
Instructor: John Castella
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.

Public Safety Union Issues
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Course Code: ULA-PSUIFY16-FA15-LEC
Dates: (Wednesdays) 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16                                                               No Class 11/11 Veterans Day                                                                                                        11/25 Day before Thanksgiving

Instructors: William Lavin, Former President NJFMA                                                                                Anthony Weiners, Former President NJ State PBA
This class is an opportunity for members, leaders, and staff of police, fire, and other public safety unions to discuss the many important issues facing them today. This will include public sector finance, wages, benefits, pensions, safety, and working conditions and how they relate to local, state, and national political and economic conditions.

Mediation and Arbitration Basics
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Course Code: ULA-MABFY16-FA15-LEC
Dates: (Thursdays) 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3,12/10                                                                                                       No Class 11/29 Thanksgiving
Instructor: William Schimmel
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.

Labor and Politics
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Course Code: ULA-LPFY16-FA15-LEC
Dates: (Thursdays) 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10                                                                                                      No Class 11/29 Thanksgiving
Instructor: Nat Bender
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 2016 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Thursdays
 

Labor History
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Course Code: ULA-LHFY16-SP16-LEC
Dates: 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10
Instructor: Nat Bender
Students will explore and understand the life of working people and the organiations they created in the 19th and 20th centuries, and how the history of labor can be preserved and promoted in the 21st century.

Collective Bargaining
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Course Code: ULA-CBFY16-SP16-LEC
Dates: 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28
Instructor: John Castella

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.

West Caldwell

IUOE Local 68, 14 Fairfield Pl, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
 
Fall 2015 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays


Make the Union Strong: Internal and External Organizing
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Course Code: ULA-IEOFY16-FA15-WC
Dates: 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14
Instructor: Barry Kushnir
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.

Worker' Rights on the Job - Employment Law
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Course Code: ULA-WR-ELFY16-FA15-WC
Dates: 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16
No class: 11/11 Veteran's Day                                                                                                                                                                             11/25 Day before Thanksgiving

Instructor: Pete Donatello                                                                                                                                                                    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.                                                          

Spring 2016 - 6:00 – 8:45 p.m., Wednesdays
 

Public Speaking and Media Skills
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Course Code: ULA-
Dates: 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9
Instructor: Barry Kushnir
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 skills in traditional and new media outlets.

Contract Enforcement and Interpretation
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Course Code: ULA-CEIFY16-SP16-WC
Dates: 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27
Instructor: Pete Donatello
Collective bargaining agreements are only effective at protecting wages, benefits and working conditions if union members know how to enforce them. Students will learn about how to understand and interpret contract language and how to use grievance procedures, unfair labor practices, labor-management committees, and member education and collective action as tools for enforcement.