Labor Relations Training Courses

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Attorneys, L/ER specialists, union representatives and arbitrators have a lot they need to understand about the current and pending policy changes with permissive bargaining in federal labor unions. FELTG courses to help the practitioner safely – and legally- navigate this complex terrain while providing fundamental understanding and practical application to the daily requirements of those employed in this field.


LR-1: Fundamentals of Federal Labor Relations: Nuts & Bolts (1-2 days)

Course Topics: An overview of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute; the Federal labor Relations Authority (FLRA); fundamental employee, union, and management rights; Weingarten meetings; a bargaining unit employee’s right to be represented by the union in certain meetings.


LR-2: Handling Grievances & Arbitration (1 day)

Course Topics: Invoking arbitration under the collective bargaining agreement; the arbitration process; selecting an arbitrator; rules of evidence; how government arbitration is different from private sector arbitration; educating the arbitrator.


LR-3: Navigating Negotiability Issues (1 day)

Course Topics: FLRA process and procedures; intersection of grievances, MSPB appeals, and EEO complaints; what subjects must be bargained; what subjects may and may not be bargained; impact and implementation bargaining; bringing the bargaining process to closure.


LR-4: Effective Negotiation Techniques & Strategies (1-2 days)

Course Topics: Management rights; negotiating impact and implementation; difficult bargaining topics; management-union relationships; word choices; choosing your battles.


LR-5: Labor Relations Meetings, Official Time & ULPs (1 day)

Course Topics: Agency obligations; Weingarten and Brookhaven meetings; formal discussions; official time – what is covered by law and what is bargained; unfair labor practices (ULP) procedures; common legal missteps; practical strategies.


LR-6: Legal Writing Skills for LR Practitioners (1 day)

Course Topics: Legal writing overview; writing a Memorandum of Understanding; pre-ULP writing considerations; drafting arguments under contract interpretation; persuasive legal writing.


Upcoming Labor Relations Training Events

Webinar – Significant Cases and Developments at the FLRA
May 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

FELTG is making its webinars easier to access during the COVID-19 closures and emergency telework scheduling, to ensure that proper training is still available when the majority of employees are working at home. Contact us at 844.283.3584 or to find out how this applies to our webinars, or how you can bring FELTG’s off-the-shelf or custom webinars directly to your agency.

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Joe Schimansky

Course Description

What will be the impact on President Trump’s letter permitting the Department of Defense to bypass unions? What about the FLRA’s decision to change the rules on dues withholding?

Joe Schimansky, former Executive Director of the Federal Service Impasses Panel, will take a look at what’s been happening at the FLRA in the last several months, and what’s likely to happen in the near future. He’ll review the latest decisions by the FLRA and FSIP to demonstrate how the world of federal labor relations is changing daily.

If you are involved in federal sector labor relations, this is a webinar you can’t afford to miss.


Early Bird Tuition: $240 per site (payment required by April 27, 2020)

Standard Tuition: $270 per site (for payments made April 28, 2020 or later)

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 each, if space is available.

Webinar Series – Handling Behavioral Health Issues in the Federal Workplace
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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Shana Palmieri

Course Description

FELTG proudly presents this three-part series on dealing with behavioral health issues in the federal workplace. Join Licensed Clinical Social Worker Shana Palmieri as she guides you through how to avoid, manage and prepare for workplace crises – and properly deal with them should they occur. What are the warning signs that an employee may become violent? What are the best accommodations for employees with various mental health conditions? What’s the best way to intervene when you think an employee is suicidal?

This series is focused on the practical and clinical methods you can take to deal with crises in the workplace. Register for one or all three of these important webinars.

May 21Understanding and Managing Federal Employees with Behavioral Health Issues: Improve performance and success for employees with mental health conditions; effectively accommodate employees with behavioral health conditions; set appropriate boundaries and expectations in the workplace. Note: This class focuses on the practical and clinical side of managing employees with behavioral health conditions, rather than the legal side.

September 24Suicidal Employees in the Federal Workplace: Your Actions Can Save a Life: Identify the signs and symptoms of suicide that indicate the need for professional intervention; effectively communicate to employees about suicide; handle a suicidal crisis in the workplace.
November 12Threats of Violence in the Federal Workplace: Assessing Risk and Taking Action:  Learn the warning signs that violence may be imminent, and the dynamic risk and protective factors for workplace targeted violence; equip Threat Management Teams to respond to threats or violent acts; understand the behavioral health issues that contribute to violent behavior – and those that don’t; prepare for domestic or intimate partner violence and its interplay with the federal workplace


  • Early Bird Tuition: $275 per site, per session (payment made by May 12).
  • Standard Tuition: $305 per site, per session (payment made May 13 or later).
  • Register for all three webinars by May 12 and pay only $795!

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $40 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

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