Special Subject Labor Relations Academy

Advanced Academy For Experienced Negotiators

"The Academies are a linchpin of learning for anyone in public sector labor relations."

"This is the most comprehensive training I've ever attended."

"These sessions are critical as trends change."

The Program

This advanced, interactive Academy program provides sophisticated negotiators with knowledge of recent PERB decisions and the ability to ...

  • Implement recent PERB decisions regarding the duty to meet and confer, meet and consult, and meet and clarify.

  • Object to negotiating non-mandatory subjects.

  • Remove out-of-scope subjects from MOUs.

  • Negotiate employee contributions toward agency pension costs while comply with CalPERS and/or the 1937 Act.

  • Implement non-negotiable management decisions before completing negotiations on the impacts or effects of the non-negotiable decision.

  • Determine whether impasse and factfinding procedures apply to effects bargaining.

  • Control your agency's settlement pattern; expand the role of data in negotiations; redefine total compensation to include pension and other costs.

  • Understand and prepare for impasse, strikes, and other concerted activities, including:  Impasse declarations; premature impasse declarations; duty to participate in good faith in impasse procedures; and strike preparations and injunctions.

Click here to view schedule and locations; click here to register.

Learning Style

Using the same teaching and learning methods that have garnered rave reviews for CALPELRA's other Labor Relations Academies, we incorporate a variety of adult learning styles, including structured group problem solving, pre-reading and pre-test, and mini-lectures and audio/visual reinforcements for an interactive experience that will help you learn and succeed.


This Academy is taught by established, highly-rated trainers selected by CALPELRA.

  • William F. Kay

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

  • 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.

Registration Fees

  • CALPELRA Member: $375

  • Non-CALPELRA Member: $435

The registration fee includes all materials for this program, a resource book, continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch. Hotel costs are not included in the fees and each participant 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.

Click here to view schedule and locations.