MTA Bargaining Certificate Program
General Program Information
The MTA is committed to supporting the development of highly effective negotiators and organizers to win strong contracts for MTA members in PreK-12 and Higher Education. These efforts span successor negotiations and mid-term bargaining in various settings, including open/democratized bargaining. To meet this need, the MTA is offering a Bargaining Certificate program.
Bargaining units across the state are undergoing major transformations to build power and demand more for educators, students, and our communities. Local unions are enhancing traditional bargaining strategies, inviting more members into the process, forming bargaining councils, and moving past “bread and butter” issues to Bargain for the Common Good. The Bargaining Certificate program is an excellent opportunity to prepare members to lead this vital work.
The MTA Bargaining Certificate will provide an opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge of beginner negotiators, while deepening and broadening the expertise of seasoned negotiators in advanced bargaining issues. It will also inspire contract action teams with strategies and tactics that build bargaining power. With this certificate, negotiators and organizers will be better prepared for an increasingly complex bargaining environment.
Members will complete a specific set of courses taught by MTA Staff and members to earn the Bargaining Certificate. These workshops will be available throughout the year at our Summer Conference, Winter Union Skills, regional and local trainings, and other venues. All MTA members— ESPs, teachers, specialists, classified staff, faculty, and professional staff—are encouraged to participate, whether you’re an experienced negotiator or a member with no bargaining experience who wants to learn more.
To earn the Bargaining Certificate, members will complete a specific set of course work taught by MTA Staff and members. MTA workshops will be available throughout the year at our Summer Conference, Winter Union Skills, regional and local trainings, and other venues.
The program consists of 24 hours of training distributed among the following topics.
Approximately six class hours offered in a one-day session or multiple workshops. Bargaining Foundations will cover:
- Strategies and Theories of Bargaining
- An Overview of the Collective Bargaining Process
- Power and Leverage
- Preparing and Planning for Bargaining
- Bargaining Team Roles and Functions
- Platform Development and Proposal Writing
- Tactics and Techniques for the Bargaining Table
Approximately six class hours offered in a one-day session or multiple workshop. Building off the concepts of Bargaining Foundations, Democratized Bargaining will cover:
- Organizing for Power
- Contract Action Campaigns
- Power Analysis
- Bargaining Councils
- Expanded and Open Bargaining
- Member Communications
- Bargaining for the Common Good
This is a series of elective workshops (approximately three hours each) to explore issues in depth. Certificate candidates must take at least four such workshops, including but not limited to:
- Educator Compensation
- Contract Costing and Economic Indicators
- Contract Language Lab
- School and Municipal Finances
- Advanced Bargaining Theory and Strategy
- Economics of Higher Education Bargaining
- Municipal Health Insurance
- Education Support Professionals' Issues
- Bargaining for the Common Good
- Impact Bargaining
All of the Bargaining Certificate Program workshops will be interactive and provide opportunities for members to share their knowledge and experience with one another.
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