Labor Relations Training
Living in a Union Environment
“Living in a Union Environment” (LIUE). This training course was developed for supervisors and managers to help them understand that both management and unions have rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Public Employee Bargaining Act (PEBA) and the CBAs. This is an introductory course that gives a brief history of how the labor organizations came into the State, the grievance process, Weingarten Rights, performance appraisals, arbitration, Prohibited Practice Complaints (PPC), and Labor Management Committees (LMC). This interactive course provides an overview of the CBAs, as well as interpretation of language and better understanding of processes and problem solving techniques. The Living in a Union Environment course received national recognition by the National Association of Personnel Executives (NASPE) in 2009. Finally, local universities in New Mexico have partnered with the LRB to adopt this training course for their needs.
Along with the introductory LIUE course, the LRB is developing an advanced class for state human resource managers and state agency attorneys. The advanced course is focused more on the legal responsibilities of the parties, how to prepare for arbitration and PPC hearings, and how to properly respond when disputes arise.
Interest Based Problem Solving
“Interest Based Problem Solving” (IBPS) with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). LRB partnered with FMCS in 2005 to assist with training of state employees. The training is open to management, union officials, stewards and employees. Interest based problem solving is a structured process that assists disputing parties in finding resolutions by working together using the five principle approach that facilitates a solution both parties can agree upon.
The LRB co-facilitates grievance mediation sessions with FMCS by assisting with finding a resolution for the parties when grievances disputes arise in the workplace without damaging the relationship between management and the union, which establishes a collaborative process in doing so.
Once a contract has been ratified, the LRB conducts training that highlights changes in the new contract. The LRB develops and organizes the training and material presented to management on a statewide level with assistance from state agencies. The Bureau also works collaboratively with the unions to develop training material, which is presented by both parties at an agency level.