Contract Language and Interpretation (LR205)

ILR School

ILR School

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Who should attend

  • HR and labor relations professionals
  • Managers and executives working in a union environment
  • Attorneys involved in collective bargaining
  • Union officials involved in collective bargaining

About the course

Designed to instruct labor relations practitioners on how contract language and past practice may be interpreted by an arbitrator. Participants review a methodology for analyzing contract language disputes and identifying key contract clauses in CB agreements. There is a case study practice session in contract drafting and interpretation.

This course is designed to instruct labor relations practitioners on how contract language and past practice may be interpreted by an arbitrator. You will review a methodology for analyzing contract language disputes and identifying key contract clauses in collective bargaining agreements. You will work on a case-study practice session in contract drafting and interpretation.

Whether administering contract language or proposing language at the bargaining table, this course is designed to provide you with a solid, practical understanding of what contract language means and how it will likely be interpreted by an arbitrator in the event of a contract language dispute. Throughout the course, you will develop a methodology for analyzing contract language disputes, understand the standards used by arbitrators in contract interpretation cases, and become familiar with key contract clauses in collective bargaining agreements. By the end of this course, you will be able to interpret and write contract language.

Key Course Takeaways

Principles of contract interpretation

  • Determining how language is construed
  • Arbitrators' views on contract language

The role and impact of past practice

  • Standards for defining/proving a binding past practice
  • The impact of past practice on the meaning of contract language
  • Termination of a past practice

Preserving management's rights

  • Understanding the source of management's rights
  • How management's rights can be affected by contract language or past practices
  • How arbitrators view the doctrine of reserved rights

Drafting contract language

  • How to write contract language that means what you intended
  • Common drafting mistakes

Experts

Ellen Gallin Procida

Ellen Gallin Procida has been teaching the art of arbitration advocacy for nearly 20 years. During her career as a NYC public school teacher, she first developed the skills necessary for effective advocacy by representing UFT members as the school based union representative in her school. Ellen w...

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