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Dallas, TX Two Day Classes: Collective Bargaining and Public Speaking

Two classes will be held following the 2020 mid-winter GEB Meeting in Dallas, beginning mid-day on Friday, January 31, 2020 and ending at approximately 6:00 pm on Saturday, February 1, 2020.  All may apply, regardless of whether you are attending the 2020 mid-winter GEB Meeting.  You must fill out an application and be accepted to attend these classes.  Classes are held concurrently, choose only one class.


January 31 – February 1, 2020: Dallas, TX


Collective bargaining is the process by which working people, through their unions, negotiate contracts with their employers to determine their terms of employment including pay, benefits, hours, leave, job health and safety policies, ways to balance work and family, ways to solve workplace problems, and more.

This course will teach tools and techniques for effective local union contract negotiations, including the importance of advance strategic planning, how to select and manage a bargaining committee, determining the local’s objectives, priorities and bargaining positions, writing proposals, anticipating management demands, negotiating-table basics, communications with workers and others about negotiations, discussion of contract campaigns, what to do during eleventh-hour negotiations, how to settle difficult issues and reach an agreement, and preparing a memorandum of agreement. The class is interactive and participatory and will include a mock bargaining session in which all students will participate.

This course is appropriate for local union officers who negotiate directly with employers on behalf of their workers, and union members who are scheduled to serve on or lead negotiations on behalf of their locals and is offered for both Canadian and U.S. locals.


Union leaders need the ability to clearly express ideas in ways that strengthen solidarity, inspire teamwork, and move people to action. Whether you are running a meeting, organizing, making a presentation, negotiating a contract, or giving a speech, your ability to effectively and persuasively speak is directly tied to good leadership and representing your workers.

This course will cover:

  • The fundamentals of public speaking
  • Practice in composition/development of, delivery, and criticism of informative, persuasive, professional, and engaging speeches/presentations
  • Techniques and approaches to prepare yourself for public speaking and combat nervousness

Through storytelling exercises and group activities, instructor Adam Wade will empower you to communicate authentically, inspire others, engage with clarity and humor, and increase your confidence and ability to get in front of people and be heard.


Fill out this application and return the completed application via email to or by mail to:

I.A.T.S.E. Officer Institute
207 West 25th Street
Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10001

Click here for the application →

Costs of the class are split: local unions are responsible for transportation, hotels, and per diem, and the International Union will pay for the program and instructors.

Please contact with any questions.

Friday, January 31, 2020 (All day) to Saturday, February 1, 2020 (All day)
Event Venue: 
Dallas, TX