Union Training Courses

Developed for and delivered specifically to union officers, stewards and other representatives, these courses prepare unions to develop relationships and improve skills to better work with federal agencies on matters of bargaining, representation, arbitration and more. We often deliver these sessions as part of union meetings or retreats; we know you’re busy so to accommodate your schedule we’ll work after hours and on weekends too!


UN-1: Federal Labor Unions: Nuts & Bolts (1 day)

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


UN-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.


UN-3: Bargaining in Federal Sector Labor Relations (1 day)

Course Topics: Impact and implementation; collective bargaining agreements (CBAs); management-union relationships; good and bad ways to implement bargaining.


UN-4: 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.


UN-5: EEO Basics for Union Representatives (1 day)

Course Topics: Statutory authority and jurisdiction of EEOC; theories of discrimination; overview of the EEO process; amended and consolidated complaints; timeliness issues.


UN-6: Representing Employees in Disciplinary Proceedings (1 day)

Course Topics: Who can represent an employee; strategies and tips; disciplinary meetings; interview techniques; discovery; gathering and organizing evidence; responding to proposed discipline; building and presenting your case.


UN-7: Hearing Advocacy for Union Representatives (3 days)

Course Topics: Preparing a case; evidence; getting organized for the hearing; techniques of effective direct and cross-examination; developing, preparing and trying the case.


UN-8: Legal Writing Skills for Union Representatives (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 Union Training Events

Workplace Investigations Week – Seattle @ The Westin Seattle
Apr 20 – Apr 24 all-day

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This week focuses on conducting administrative investigations in the federal workplace with an emphasis on employee misconduct including workplace harassment. After an overview of the substantive law, participants will learn procedures and best practices for conducting investigations in the federal workplace, including planning the investigation, fact finding, collecting evidence, dealing with witnesses, understanding types of questioning, and testifying at hearing. The week concludes with a day focused on writing an investigative report.

The program runs 8:30 – 4:00 each day and is pre-approved for 29 CLE credits in Virginia and California. It is also approved for 29 HRCI general recertification credits.

This program fulfills the requirements for 32-hour EEO Investigator training and 8-hour annual EEO investigator refresher training. It also meets the requirements for training under the Department of Interior’s Anti-Harassment Policy.


Deborah Hopkins, Katherine Atkinson, Meghan Droste

Daily Agenda


Administrative Investigations: The Substantive Basis: Why investigate; discipline law and elements; understanding charges of misconduct; collecting penalty evidence; law behind other types of administrative investigations; witness rights; union representation.


Harassment Investigations: Investigating allegations of harassment; differentiating between EEO and non-EEO harassment; the intersection with criminal investigations; special considerations in light of #MeToo and #TimesUp.


Conducting the Investigation, Part I: Evidentiary principles; purpose of investigation; preparing for the investigation; role of the investigator; planning the investigation. beginning the interview.


Conducting the Investigation, Part II: Conducting the interview; handling difficult witnesses; assessing credibility/lies/hearing what isn’t said; body language; gathering other evidence; technology and investigations; high profile case considerations; testifying at an administrative hearing; rules for being an effective witness.


Writing the Investigative Report: Organizing for the report; establishing the chronology; writing for your audience; report writing style; report writing conventions; report organization; sample report.


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 6):

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

Standard Tuition (register April 7-24):

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



The host hotel, The Westin Seattle, has a limited block of rooms set aside at the per diem rate. Please use this link directly to receive the special rate.

Cancellation and No-show Policy for Registered Participants: Cancellations made after the cancel date on the registration form will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. Pre-paid training using the “Pay Now” option will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses. No-shows will not be refunded or given credit toward future courses.

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