Core Labor Relations Academy

Negotiations Simulation And Strategy

"Everyone is expected to represent the team during the exercise, and I got that practical experience."

"The negotiations simulation was a great exercise for building additional labor negotiations experience."

The Program

  • The union-management relationship: Traditional cultures.

  • Negotiations simulation and debrief.

  • The timing and order of settlements.

  • Planning the settlement pattern for multiple units.

  • Obtaining parameters.

  • Labor relations triage for surprise strikes.

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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

    Burke, Williams & Sorensen. Over 20 years of experience representing public agencies under PERB's jurisdiction, in addition to representing MMBA agencies.

  • M. Carol Stevens

    CALPELRA Executive Director. Over 35 years of experience representing public agencies under PERB's jurisdiction,in addition to representing MMBA agencies.

  • William F. Kay

    CALPELRA Academy Creator and Co-Director. Over 40 years of public sector labor relations and employment law experience representing public agencies under PERB's jurisdiction since PERB's inception.

Who Should Attend This Academy?

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

  • To include the important CLRM designation on their resume.

  • To understand the basics of labor/management negotiations in a simulated environment.

  • To learn how to control settlement patterns, conduct triage during a surprise strike, and obtain parameters.

  • Additional experience in negotiating a comprehensive labor agreement.

  • To update their negotiations skills.

  • 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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