Negotiating Labor/management Agreements for Competitive Advantage

School of Human Resources & Labor Relations

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School of Human Resources & Labor Relations


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Gain real-world experience before engaging in labor/management negotiations where the stakes are high and mistakes can be costly. The impact of contract negotiations on the bottom line is lasting, and though they only occur every few years, no company or union can afford to send its negotiation team to the table poorly prepared. Highly effective negotiators add value by crafting agreements that facilitate a positive and productive workplace.

This course features a comprehensive and unique framework that identifies the multiple linkages between collective bargaining strategies and broader human resources management, operational and business strategies. This workshop will prepare you to think strategically about how your negotiation strategy aligns with your business and organizational plans.

Combining interest-based and classical approaches to negotiations, you will learn about the essential processes and tactical decisions that underlie the key stages of negotiating agreements.

You will participate in a simulated exercise built on a case exclusively designed for this program. The exercise will encourage you to resolve complex issues and apply your learned negotiating skills as a member of a team, to negotiate a landmark agreement that yields competitive advantage.

By attending Negotiating Labor/Management Agreements for Competitive Advantage, you will be prepared to:

By attending this 3-day course, you will enhance your value and ability to contribute to your organization. Our real-world approach and practical exercises will help you:

  • Conceptualize four stages of negotiations: planning, opening, bargaining, and closing
  • Analyze, frame, and formulate a strategic negotiations process
  • Conduct negotiation steps and processes
  • Empower the chief spokesperson
    • Deliver opening statements
    • Exchange proposals/demands and present ideas
    • Evaluate proposals
  • Apply the negotiation proposal/counter–proposal process
    • Utilize interest–based problem solving methods
    • Reach tentative agreements on non–economic issues
    • Package key economic items
    • Narrow differences through effective side–bar meetings
  • Reach closure and make final offers


The Four Stages of Negotiations

  • Planning, Opening, Bargaining, and Closing

Analysis, Framing, and Formulation of a Strategic Negotiations Process

  • Compiling and Assessing Business Information
  • Evaluating and Understanding the Dispute Domain
  • Aligning Negotiations with Business Strategy
  • Getting Agreement on Negotiation Strategy and Processes
  • Negotiating in Good Faith Under the Law

Negotiation Steps and Processes

  • Structuring Team Make-up and Roles
  • Empowering the Chief Spokesperson
  • Delivering Opening Statements
  • Exchanging Proposals/Demands and Presenting Ideas
  • Evaluating and Costing Proposals
  • Applying the Negotiation Proposal/Counter-Proposal Process
  • Utilizing Interest-Based Problem Solving Methods
  • Reaching Tentative Agreements on Non-Economic Issues
  • Managing Team Caucuses to Stay on Plan
  • Packaging Key Economic Items
  • Narrowing Differences through Effective Side-Bar Meetings
  • Reaching Closure and Making Final Offers
  • Closing, Commitment, and Obtaining Ratification

The Negotiator as Reflective Leader

  • Understanding Your Role as Leader and Coach
  • Stage Crafting to Sell Your Proposals
  • Accelerating Bottom-Line Results


Robert Chiaravalli

Robert Chiaravalli, Esq., is recognized for his expertise in the design and execution of strategies in labor and employment relations, compensation and benefits, international HR, alternative dispute resolution and specialized executive searches that improves profitability and work place effectiv...

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...

Eileen Wilson

Eileen M. Wilson, PhD is a faculty member at Michigan State University and has provided stewardship for MSU for 33 years including serving as special assistant in the Office of the President and Board of Trustees for two years, assistant dean of undergraduate education in the Broad College of Bus...

Julie Brockman

Julie L. Brockman, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University. As an outreach instructor, Julie has conducted workshops at local, national and international levels for union organizations and their joint partners. As a consulta...

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