Core Labor Relations Academy

Negotiations Simulation And Strategy

"This hands-on, group activity was an excellent simulation."

"Really pleased with the content and depth of knowledge shared."

"Fantastic workshop. Forced me to think outside the box."

"Excellent shared experience and practical exercise."

The Program

This core Labor Relations Academy program provides negotiators with the chance to participate in a negotiations simulation, including planning, face-to-face bargaining, dealing with impasse, and debrief.

In addition to the negotiations simulation, this program addresses...

  • The union-management relationship and traditional cultures.

  • Planning a settlement pattern for multiple units.

  • Obtaining parameters.

  • Labor relations triage for 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, CALPELRA Chief Executive Officer
    Over 20 years of experience representing public agencies in labor and employment matters.

  • Debra Gill, Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, City of Pleasanton
    (April 12, 2019, in Pleasanton)
    Experienced labor relations and human resources practitioner, with over 23 years of experience.

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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