We offer a variety of training opportunities for federal agencies and unions on collective-bargaining rights and responsibilities. On this page, you can learn more about our upcoming courses, schedule in-person or virtual training for your agency or union, take an online training course, or review feedback from our customers.
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The FLRA offers a variety of training opportunities, in person throughout the country and virtually. Select one of the topics below to learn more and to contact us.
Unfair Labor Practice and Representation Training
The OGC and the Regional Offices offer unions and agencies, upon request, courses covering a broad overview of federal sector labor law, including unfair labor practices and representation and representation matters. To arrange for such training, contact your nearest Regional Office, or Kurt Rumsfeld by email or phone (202) 218-7789.
- The FLRA's structure and the ULP investigation process;
- The duty to bargain in good faith, including the de minimis and "covered by" doctrines, and substantive versus impact and implementation bargaining;
- Meetings, including formal discussions, bypasses, and investigatory examinations (or Weingarten meetings);
- Interference with statutory rights and discrimination based on protected activity;
- Bars to filing ULP charges, such as timeliness and prior grievances; and
- Information requests.
Our Advanced Statutory Training course is best suited for individuals who already have knowledge of the basic principles and some experience in the field. Participants will gain a more in-depth knowledge of collective bargaining and related topics, and apply that knowledge to hypotheticals and interactive exercises that are often based on real-life cases.
Our Representation Training course covers issues such as bargaining-unit determinations and reorganizations.
We also offer customized training tailored to those particular areas of interest to agencies and federal unions. These programs may be much shorter than our usual day-long courses, and we can do them by phone or videoconference. Our policy is to try to meet as many requests for training as possible within the resources available.
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Arbitration and Negotiability Training
For our arbitration and negotiability training, contact Gina Grippando, firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-218-7776.
- Our Arbitration Training course covers procedural and substantive matters relating to the filing of exceptions to arbitration awards and the legal standards that apply in the review of arbitration awards.
- Our Negotiability Training course covers procedural and substantive matters involving the processing of negotiability appeals, as well as the legal standards that apply in determining the legality of contract language (either a proposal or a provision disapproved on agency head review) and whether the parties have a bargaining obligation.
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Labor-Management Relationship Training
Some of the most important work performed by the FLRA staff is to help labor and management representatives acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to grow healthy workplace relationships, prevent workplace problems from interfering with the mission and quality of work life, and solve problems without third-party intervention.
With rare exception, CADRO training services are offered only jointly to labor and management. CADRO training services include:
- LMR Assessment and Action Planning
- LMR Repair & Improvement
- Labor-Management Forums - Elements & Skills for Success
- Labor-Management Collaboration and Interest Based Problem Solving (IBPS)
- Executive Order 13522, Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services
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Our Regional Offices also offer a two-day program on labor-management forums in cooperation with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. For more information contact Kurt Rumsfeld, KRumsfeld@flra.gov, or 202-218-7789, or your nearest Regional Office.
The Federal Service Impasses Panel (FSIP) offers comprehensive training addressing the procedural and substantive matters involving the resolution of bargaining impasses between federal agencies and unions representing federal employees arising from negotiations over conditions of employment under the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and the Federal Employees Flexible and Compressed Work Schedules Act.
For more information, click here and check out our online training course below.
The FLRA has made several web-based training courses available on the Office of Personal Management's HR University website. These courses are available to both federal and non-federal employees. Federal employees may access them by clicking on a course link below and setting up an account with your federal email address (after clicking on a link below, go to the bottom of page for the link to register). Then, you can start the courses from the Course Catalog, which has more detailed course descriptions.
- Basic Statutory Training (8 hours)
- Executive Order 13522, Creating Labor-Management Forums to Improve Delivery of Government Services (90 minutes)
- Impact of Reorganization on Bargaining Units (2 hours)
- Statutory Exclusions from Bargaining Units (2 hours)
- Bargaining Over 5 U.S.C. Section 7106(b)(1) Matters (90 minutes)
- Arbitration Training (2 hours)
- Federal Service Impasses Panel Process and Procedures Training (1.5 hours)
Non-federal employees may find these courses, hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Labor-Management Relations (LMR), by following the instructions below:
- Go to VA's LMR FLRA training webpage: http://www1.va.gov/LMR/Training/FLRA_Training.asp
- Then, click on TMS self-registration at the end of the second paragraph.
If you want to know what students have thought of our courses, you can read some of their feedback here.