Special Subject Labor Relations Academy

Advanced Academy For Experienced Negotiators

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

"I learned more in one day than in the last 10 years!"

"These sessions are critical as trends change."

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

The Program

This advanced, interactive Academy program, updated for 2017, is structured for experienced labor relations and human resources practitioners.  You'll learn about recent legal and practice developments in the format of specific best practices, including ...

  • Mastering new negotiations process requirements.

  • Understanding the expanded list of per se violations.

  • Implementing and preparing for AB 119 and SB 285 alternative union access and membership security laws.

  • Preparing for the next phase of pension negotiations - cost sharing and benefit restructuring for current employees.

  • Understanding the nuances of impact/effects bargaining.

  • Mastering complex scope of bargaining problems.

  • Managing and objecting to MMBA factfinding requests.

  • Controlling negotiations settlement patterns in your agency and region.

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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.

  • 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.

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.

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