HR Competencies

HR Expertise


To provide participants with a better understanding of the common issues that arises when managing employees in a union environment. This informative class focuses on the unique legal challenges supervisors face when operating under a union contract. Participants will examine the parameters of the union contract as it pertains to management rights, past practice; just cause termination, and grievance and arbitration administration. Participants will learn to initiate and implement good management practices that foster a positive relationship with the union and its employees.


  • Understanding the unionized environment, including collective bargaining and the NLRA
  • Conflicts between management rights and collective bargaining provisions
  • Establishing the seven elements of just cause
  • Effective grievance and arbitration administration
  • Preventing and defending unfair labor practice charges
  • The dangers of inconsistent enforcement and “past practice”
  • Weingarten rights and union representation
  • Review of recent Board decisions relevant to managing in a union environment

Designed For

Supervisors, managers, and human resources specialists who work in a union environment


This class is particularly effective as a customized on-site program designed for individual organizations. See information about on-site programs.



0.35 Continuing Education Units
3.25 HRCI-General
Course ID #LEGL127

Class Details

No offerings for the remainder of the year. Check our new course catalog coming out this fall.

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