Labor Relations Training Courses

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The Trump Administration is re-shaping federal labor relations, and things are changing almost daily as a result. FELTG’s Labor Relations training will help you understand what these changes mean to you, whether you’re an attorney, L/ER specialist, or supervisor. FELTG courses instruct practitioners on how to safely and legally navigate the complex terrain of federal labor relations, 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)

Do you have someone on your staff who is working with unions for the first time? Do you have seasoned L/ER practitioners looking for a refresher? Did employees in your organization recently organize and form a union, or change unions? No matter which applies, this is the course for you. Because of the significant changes in federal labor relations in the past few months, this course will get you immediately up to speed with the world of federal labor relations. Attendees will learn about the foundations of the federal labor relations system, from who the major players are (FLRA, FSIP) to how the grievance and arbitration processes work, and they will leave the training with a working understanding of the major labor relations issues of the day.

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; formal discussions; a bargaining unit employee’s right to be represented by the union in certain meetings.

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

Government and private sector arbitration are two very different processes. After this full-day training, you’ll understand the unique aspects of the federal sector grievance and arbitration processes. You’ll also learn how arbitration awards, while usually binding, may be reviewed for legal sufficiency.

Course Topics: Invoking arbitration under the collective bargaining agreement; the agency grievance process vs. the negotiated grievance process; the arbitration process; selecting an arbitrator; rules of evidence; educating the arbitrator.

LR-3: Navigating Negotiability Issues (1 day)

Negotiability may be the most complex topic in federal sector labor relations, and an understanding of which topics are negotiable, and which topics are not, is fundamental to helping determine the legality of your negotiations and contract provisions. Attendees will learn what subjects must be bargained, what subjects may not be bargained, and what subjects may be bargained at the agency’s discretion. Plus, the program will cover the very latest with where litigation stands on President Trump’s Executive Orders 13836 and 13837.

Course Topics: FLRA process and procedures; management rights; mandatory bargaining; permissive topics; intersection of grievances, MSPB appeals, and EEO complaints; bargaining styles; impact and implementation bargaining; bringing the bargaining process to closure.

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

It’s a new era in federal labor relations. Ensure you know where the law stands and that you have the right skills for negotiations with your union. This one- or two-day training will cover it all — everything from understanding management rights and management maybes to handling emotion (both yours and others) at the bargaining table.

Course Topics: Bargaining procedures related to collective bargaining agreement (CBA) timelines; impact and implementation bargaining; management-union relationships; position vs. interest-based bargaining; good and bad ways to implement bargaining; effective word choices; choosing your battles.

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

In 2018, President Trump issued three executive orders that had a significant impact on federal labor relations. Where does the law currently stand on those issues? This training will answer that question, and provide a detailed explanation of when meetings become formal discussions or Weingarten meetings, Brookhaven meetings, and management and employee rights. Plus, the program will cover what constitutes an Unfair Labor Practice, complete with an explanation of ULP procedures start to finish.

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

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

Whether you’ve been to law school or not, you can always use a refresher on legal writing, particularly for the specialized craft of writing in federal sector labor relations. Let FELTG’s experienced instructors sharpen your team’s skills and provide them with the tools necessary to produce effective and legally sound documents.

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

LR-7: Legal Writing Skills for LR Practitioners (1/2 – 1 day)

The federal labor relations world is changing every day, and it’s important for practitioners to know where things stand. This program will cover the current status of Executive Orders 13836, 13837 and 13839, recent FLRA and FSIP decisions, OPM regulations, best practices, and other recent developments that agencies need to be aware of.

Course Topics: An overview of the Executive Orders and the complicated litigation history; the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute and the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA); recent cases from FLRA and FSIP; recent OPM regulations; understanding management-labor relations under the current administration.


Upcoming Labor Relations Training Events

Webinar – Why, How and When to Avoid Whistleblower Reprisal
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Bob Woods

Program Description

We’ve been hearing an awful lot about whistleblowers and “leakers” over the last couple of years. If you’re basing your knowledge and actions on the way those high-profile whistleblower cases have worked out, you may find yourself in major trouble. Reprisal against a whistleblower is absolutely illegal, despite what you might think. Over the course of 60 minutes, Attorney and FELTG instructor Bob Woods will share everything you need to know about whistleblower reprisal – the standards, burdens of proof, and actions that constitute reprisal. Plus, he’ll discuss how to defend your agency against the inevitable whistleblower reprisal allegation.

Attendees will learn how to:

  • Handle whistleblower disclosures that turn out to be false.
  • Recognize what constitutes whistleblower reprisal, and how to avoid it.
  • Discipline a whistleblower for misconduct unrelated to whistleblowing.



Early Bird Tuition (payment required by February 15): $240

Standard Tuition (payment made by February 16 or later): $270

Teleworkers may be added to a main site registration for $50 per teleworker, on a space-available basis.

Virtual Training Event – FLRA Law Week
May 10 – May 14 all-day

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Course Description

The world of federal labor relations is in a serious state of flux. The Biden Administration is expected to rescind numerous Trump Executive Orders, including those regarding official time, bargaining topics, negotiation timeframes, and union responsibilities to pay for things they never had to pay for before. Are you ready for a 180-degree change in federal labor relations?

Now, more than ever, you need FELTG’s FLRA Law Week. Led by two instructors with a combined total of nearly 40 years experience working at the FLRA, this training will bring you up to speed on where the current law stands, and share best practices on how to effectively navigate it in your day-to-day work, whether you’re a labor attorney, labor relations specialist or union representative.

FLRA Law Week provides attendees with a firm foundation of the historical perspective and precedence of FLRA decisions, as well as a strategy for taking advantage of any new approaches that are coming out of an ever-evolving FLRA. And this includes the latest guidance based on the FLRA’s recent precedent-breaking decisions have on collective bargaining.

There’s no other federal labor relations training that will give you this type of inside perspective with the kind of guidance and firm grasp of FLRA law that you’ll need to navigate this dynamic time.

The program runs 9:30 am – 4:00 pm eastern each day, with a break from 12:00-1:00.


Ann Boehm, Joe Schimansky

Daily Agenda

Monday, May 10

Basic Management and Employee Rights: An overview of the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute; the current status of Executive Orders 13836 and 13837; fundamental employee, union, and management rights; bargaining unit definition; the union organizer’s role; information requests; official time.

Tuesday, May 11

Labor Relations Meetings and Bargaining: More on official time; formal discussions; union representative rights; the collective bargaining process; the three categories of bargaining: mandatory, permissive, and prohibited.

Wednesday, May 12

Unfair Labor Practices and Negotiability: Employee rights vs. Management rights; the anatomy of an Unfair Labor Practice; an overview of the Federal Services Impasse Panel; negotiability appeals.

Thursday, May 13

The Psychology of Bargaining, Plus Grievances and Pandemic-Related Issues: Selecting a bargaining strategy; interest based bargaining as compared to hard ball bargaining; grievances; exceptions to arbitration awards; a new Administration

Friday, May 14

Understanding the FSIP and Arbitration: Panel members, FSIP procedures, recent FSIP developments, the arbitration process overview; binding the arbitrator; how federal government arbitration is different from private sector arbitration and appeals; educating the arbitrator.


Most people attend the full training week, but you may opt out of any days you don’t plan to attend.

Early Bird Tuition (register by April 26):

  • 5 days = $2190
  • 4 days = $1795
  • 3 days = $1385
  • 2 days = $980
  • 1 day = $540

Standard Tuition (register April 27-May 14):

  • 5 days = $2290
  • 4 days = $1895
  • 3 days = $1485
  • 2 days = $1080
  • 1 day = $640

Seminar registration includes a printed copy of the materials. In order to receive materials by the training date, please register by April 28 and provide a shipping address. Registrations received after April 26 will also receive printed materials, but materials are not guaranteed to arrive by the training date. No split registrations.

Event FAQs

  • Can I attend Virtual Training from my government computer?
    • FELTG uses Webex for this Virtual Training Institute event. Many government computers and systems allow Webex access. If for some reason your firewall will not allow access, you’re welcome to use your personal email address to register, and to attend the sessions from your personal device.
  • Can I earn CLE credits for this class?
    • CLE applications are the responsibility of each attendee; FELTG does not apply for the credits on behalf of attendees.  If you are seeking CLE credit, attendees may use the materials provided by FELTG in submission to your state bar. Attendees may also request a certificate of completion which will contain the number of training hours attended.
  • Can I share my access link with co-workers?
    • No. Registration for this event is per individual, and access links may not be shared. Each link may only be used by one person.
  • Can I register a teleworker?
    • This event is individual registration, so the cost is the same whether the person is teleworking or in an agency facility.
  • How do I receive a group rate discount?
    • Group rates are available for agencies registering 10 or more individuals for the full event. Group discounts are available through  April 26.

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