Certified Labor Relations Leader

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

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  • 5 days
  • online

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations


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Become part of the next generation of Labor Relations Leaders

Labor and employee relations professionals need specialized knowledge and skills to thrive in a unionized organization. From understanding the objectives of US labor relations to complying with federal and state labor laws, a solid foundation is the key to success.

This comprehensive certification program will provide you with the in-depth information you need as you:

  • Negotiate labor/management agreements
  • Lead in a unionized organization
  • Manage unionized employees
  • Interpret contract language
  • Respond to grievances
  • Represent the employer in arbitration hearings
  • Manage labor relations in your organization

By participating in this 5-day program, you will:

  • Differentiate yourself with a certification from one of the best Schools of Human Resources and Labor Relations
  • Gain a solid foundation in US labor relations
  • Effectively negotiate labor/management agreements
  • Ensure that labor agreements are properly administered
  • Minimize grievances and win arbitration cases
  • Comply labor laws, including
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • State laws regarding Public Sector collective bargaining
  • Right-to-Work legislation
  • Develop an effective labor relations strategy


Professional credentials are more important today than ever before. Earning your professional certification from MSU's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations, one of the best and most respected Human Resources/Labor Relations Schools in the country, demonstrates mastery of content and commitment to the field of labor relations.

Stay up to date in this ever-changing field through biannual recertification. MSU's recertification program provides recognition and validation for lifelong learning and professional development in which HR professionals regularly engage.


Individuals who successfully complete the course, take part in discussions and exercises, and pass the required comprehensive examination will be recognized by Michigan State University's School of Human Resources & Labor Relations as a Certified Labor Relations Leader. They are entitled then to use the designation CLRL after their name.


  • Day 1: Labor History and the Legal Framework for US Labor Relations Gain critical insights for success and legal compliance
  • Days 2 and 3: Contract Negotiations Experience the process through mock negotiations
  • Day 4: Administering the Labor Contract Learn the meaning of Management Rights, Past Practice, and more
  • Day 5: Grievances and Arbitration Conduct a mock grievance and present your case to an actual Arbitrator


Tina Riley

Tina M. Riley, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University (MSU). She is the Director of the School's Human Resource Executive Education program and holds a PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education as ...

Mary Bedikian

Mary A. Bedikian is the former district vice president for the Detroit Region of the American Arbitration Association; she worked for the organization for 28 years. Her extensive experience in ADR spans many sectors, including labor, commercial, construction, international, and employment. She ha...

John Beck

John P. Beck, M.A., is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources & Labor Relations at Michigan State University. He previously served as associate director of the School, primarily in charge of two of the School's outreach units, the Labor Education Program and Union Management ...

Stacy Hickox

Stacy Hickox received her Bachelor's degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Stacy practiced law in the area of disability law at Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service prior to coming to SH...

Greg Freehling

Greg Freehling, MLIR, is Director of Labor Relations at Arconic/Alcoa and has been in the labor relations field for more than 27 years. He has been in his current role as a corporate labor relations subject matter expert for eighteen years, and previously worked in different U.S. locations in bot...

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