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FEDERAL LABOR TRAINING IN DENVER, CO



At M&M, our primary focus is on providing comprehensive and expert legal advice to federal sector unions on the specific issues that are unique to the legal environment in which they operate. While our firm has a 30-year track record of providing in-house training to all of our union clients as part of our advice retainers, click here for more information, we likewise have recently opened a number of our federal sector training seminars to non-clients on a number of key topics critical to developing the skills necessary to represent federal sector employees.

As you will see from the individual course descriptions below, what sets our training apart from other programs is our commitment to creating a learning environment that teaches practical skills, not just legal theory. By developing a curriculum which emphasizes hands on learning over marathon lectures, attendees learn not only through classroom instruction but also through hands-on practice in a number of specifically designed "mock" training exercises. Under the guidance of M&M's experienced instructors and outside experts in the field of federal labor law, students will learn through a combination of lectures, group practical exercises, and a final "mock" representational activity geared to providing the real world experience needed to exceed as a federal sector union representative. For more information on specific training topics, including upcoming dates and registration information, click on the training events that interest you below:

Arbitration Advocacy Boot Camp for Federal Sector Union Representatives (AABC)



Dates: August 1 - 4, 2016 (4 days)

Location of Training: The Hilton Garden Inn -- Downtown Denver. The hotel offers spacious conference rooms and state of the art meeting facilities while being minutes away from downtown Denver by light rail. Special rooms rates will be reserved for all attendees of the conference.

Registration Cost: $800 (current union clients); $1200 (non-clients). Registration includes lunches for each day of class and one dinner at a local restaurant.

Course Description:

Over the past several years, a number of our union clients have asked us to prepare comprehensive arbitration advocacy training specifically tailored for federal sector union representatives. Having given many lectures on the subject in the past, the attorneys at M&M are intimately familiar with the fact that it is virtually impossible to "teach" advocacy skills in a traditional classroom environment. More than anything, union representatives need practical, hands-on experience litigating a grievance in order to develop both the skills and confidence necessary for effective representation.

With this fundamental understanding, M&M has designed Arbitration Advocacy Boot Camp for Federal Sector Union Representatives (AABC), a four-day intensive course designed to prepare union representatives to prepare for and litigate a union grievance before a federal arbitrator. By combining initial subject matter lectures, individual and group practical exercises, and a full blown "mock" arbitration before nationally revered arbitrators, this course will provide the following to all participants:

  • Substantive training to union representatives to increase their knowledge of the federal sector arbitration process;
  • Practical, hands-on practice of preparing a grievance for arbitration within the context of a small group, including developing case strategies; developing and identifying relevant exhibits; and preparing witnesses;
  • Instruction on the "nuts and bolts" of arbitration skills, including how to prepare direct and cross-examination questions; how to make winning objections; and how to overcome common litigation pitfalls; and
  • Individualized experience of litigating a "mock" arbitration before a federal arbitrator and other class participants.
If you or your Union is interested in this course, please feel free to call M&M and speak to any of the attorneys there about any questions you might have. If you are interested in taking this course, you can click here to register.

Negotiating in the Federal Sector Labor Environment



Dates: TBD (4 days)

Location of Training: The Hilton Garden Inn -- Downtown Denver. The hotel offers spacious conference rooms and state of the art meeting facilities while being minutes away from downtown Denver by light rail. Special rooms rates will be reserved for all attendees of the conference.

Registration Cost: $800 (current union clients); $1200 (non-clients). Registration includes lunches for each day of class and one dinner at a local restaurant.

Course Description:
For anyone who has negotiated a contract or engaged in midterm bargaining with a federal Agency, you know that the rules of engagement in such negotiations can seem less than fair. Unless you know the rules of the game, this area of representation can prove both daunting and ineffective.

With this fundamental understanding, M&M has designed Negotiating in the Federal Sector Labor Environment, a four-day intensive course designed to provide union representatives with the tools they need to successfully negotiate labor contracts and mid-term bargaining proposals in the federal sector. By combining initial subject matter lectures, individual and group practical exercises, and a full blown "mock" negotiation session before nationally revered labor experts, this course will provide the following to all participants:

  • Substantive training on federal sector labor law, focusing on the legal and factual circumstances defining what may/may not be bargained and when;
  • Practical, hands-on experience of preparing for negotiations, including practice drafting written proposals and developing effective negotiation strategies;
  • Instruction on the "nuts and bolts" of negotiation skills, including how best to develop offers, developing reasonable initial proposals, and identify how not to give away too much during negotiations; and
  • Individualized experience of negotiating a "mock" contract and/or mid-term MOU with expert analysis and critique from federal labor negotiation experts.
If you or your Union is interested in this course, please feel free to call M&M and speak to any of the attorneys there about any questions you might have. If you are interested in taking this course, you can click here to register.

Representing Employees During Investigatory/Weingarten Meetings



Dates: March 17-19, 2015 (3 days)

Location of Training: The Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Blvd., Lakewood, CO, 80228. The hotel offers spacious conference rooms and state of the art meeting facilities while being minutes away from downtown Denver by light rail. Special rooms rates will be reserved for all attendees of the conference.

Registration Cost: $500 (current union clients); $750 (non-clients). Registration includes lunches for each day of class and one dinner at a local restaurant.

Course Description:
One of the most important representational responsibilities union advocates have is to assist bargaining unit employees during Agency initiated investigations into alleged misconduct. As important as they are, the rules of engagement for these "Weingarten" meetings are oftentimes the most misunderstood. Many union representatives are unsure of the rules of engagement during such meetings and are uncomfortable asserting the full extent of their rights on behalf of the employees they are representing. As with everything, the best way to learn how to be a better representative in Weingarten meetings is through practice.

With this fundamental understanding, M&M has designed Representing Employees During Investigatory/Weingarten Meetings, a three-day intensive course designed to provide union representatives with the tools they need to successfully represent bargaining unit employees during Weingarten meetings. By combining initial subject matter lectures, individual and group practical exercises, and a series of full blown "mock" investigation scenarios wherein attendees get hands on experience actively representing employees before recognized experts in federal labor law, this course will provide the following to all participants:

  • Substantive lectures on the federal case law surrounding Weingarten meetings;
  • Practical, hands-on experience of how to prepare employees for a Weingarten meeting -- what to say and do during the meeting; when is "too much" information a bad thing; and how to handle criminal vs. administrative investigations; and
  • Individualized experience in representing employees during "mock" Weingarten meetings with expert analysis and critique from federal labor law experts.
If you or your Union is interested in this course, please feel free to call M&M and speak to any of the attorneys there about any questions you might have. If you are interested in taking this course, you can click here to register.