Core Labor Relations Academy

Managing Collective Bargaining Agreements

"Presenters are truly tops in this field, but they are also great engagers
and keep the training interesting."

"The workbook was phenomenal!"

"A great, interactive day. Thank you for asking questions and
providing concrete examples that will allow us to
apply the principles moving forward."

The Program

This all day core Academy focuses on ...

  • Framework for grievance processing and labor arbitration.

  • Active process of managing contracts.

  • Managing the grievance process, including:
    Initial investigations; initial written response based on rules of contract construction; grievability and arbitrability in the initial response; case theory; and avoiding middle management's claim that HR does not back them.

  • Grievance processing connected with strategic labor relations.

  • Basic rules of contract construction.

  • Strategic arbitrator selection.

  • Case preparation.

  • Evidentiary standards in arbitrations.

  • The arbitrator's perspective.

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Training Approach

CALPELRA's training approach has made CALPELRA's core Labor Relations Academies the most highly praised and sought after public sector labor relations certification program in the United States.

  • Training geared toward most productive adult learning styles.

  • Advance reading and preparation.

  • Small group/interactive problem-solving.

  • Constantly updated materials and information.


This Academy was developed by individuals with years of experience in California labor relations and employment law. CALPELRA has selected established trainers with the highest ratings.

  • Janet Cory Sommer, CALPELRA Chief Executive Officer
    Over 20 years of experience representing public agencies in labor and employment matters.

  • Irma RodrÍguez Moisa, Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo  
    Experienced litigator, labor negotiator, and trial attorney representing public and private entities in labor and employment matters.

Who Should Attend This Academy?

This Academy program is designed for human resources and labor relations professionals, and agency attorneys, who want...

  • To include the important CLRM designation on their resume.

  • A greater exposure to contract management and grievance arbitration.

  • To be prepared to adequately respond to a grievance involving a labor contract.

  • To understand the legal framework for grievance-arbitration processes.

  • To update and refresh their skills in preparing or helping to prepare a grievance for arbitration.

  • To learn strategic selection of arbitrators.

  • A deeper understanding of this fundamental element of labor relations.

  • A broader knowledge of labor relations.

Registration Fees

  • CALPELRA Member: $375

  • Non-CALPELRA Member: $435

The registration fee for this Academy includes all materials, a resource book, continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch. Hotel costs are not included in the fees and each attendee must make independent hotel reservations directly with a nearby hotel.

Cancellations / Refund Policy

CALPELRA will not refund registration fees for cancellations of this Academy. Registration fees paid may be applied to another CALPELRA event or activity within one year of cancelled activity; all requests for transfer of registration fees must be made in writing. If you cancel your registration after the cutoff date for an Academy, you will forfeit your registration fees, and you may not apply them to a later Academy. Please see the Academy schedule for cancellation cutoff dates.

Training Certification And Credits

  • CALPELRA certification.

  • MCLE credit for California attorneys.

  • SHRM certification for selected Academy programs.
    (Note: CALPELRA (California Public Employers Labor Relations Association) is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.)

  • HRCI certification for selected Academy programs.
    (Note: CALPELRA is an approved HRCI provider. CALPELRA's programs have met HRCI's criteria to be preapproved for recertification credit; CALPELRA's use of HRCI's name/seal does not constitute HRCI's endorsement of the quality of the program.)

  • Academy programs may qualify to be used toward IPMA-HR recertification.

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided for attendance at this Academy. A CALPELRA Labor Relations Master Certification (CLRM) will be awarded upon completion of the three core Academies (Foundation Of Labor Relations, Managing Your Collective Bargaining Agreements, and Negotiations Simulation And Planning), and a final written project. These Academies may be taken in any order.

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