2008 Government Employees Department Course Descriptions

Government Employees Department Course Descriptions

This is the 2008 schedule of classes offered by the Government Employees Department at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center at Placid Harbor, Maryland.  Official call letters will be sent to Local Lodges by the Government Employees Department.


Federal Employees Basic Program
March 9 – March 14, 2008  |   Enrollment Form |Agenda |

This program will involve training in various leadership and representational areas such as collective bargaining, communications, A-76/Contracting, ULP and grievance handling, arbitration, political and legislative action.  This seminar will be helpful to stewards, officers and business representatives that service members in the federal sector. 

Federal Employees Collective Bargaining Program
June 8 – June 13, 2008  | Enrollment Form | Agenda |

The program will focus on areas such as negotiating ground rules; contract bargaining, mid-term bargaining, collective bargaining and the law (FLRA), negotiability appeals, impasse procedures with FSIP, and preparing the local lodge for negotiations.  A one-day simulation where participants will take part in the collective bargaining process will also be included.


Federal Employees Merit Systems Protection Board Program (MSPB)
June 15 – June 20, 2008  | Enrollment Form | Agenda |

The MSPB program will focus on areas such as the union’s duty of fair representation, initial filing of the grievance, investigating and preparing the case, preparing evidence and witnesses for the hearing, the procedures governing the conduct of the hearing and opening and closing statements.  Before the conclusion of the week, participants will present their case in a simulated hearing before an actual MSPB judge.  Note: Refer to official call for prerequisites for enrolling.


Federal Employee Program II Pilot Program (Pending)
December 7 – December 12, 2008  |Enrollment Form   | Agenda |

This program will expand on the already acquired skills participants have learned from the Basic, Collective Bargaining, and MSPB Programs including but limited to exploring bargaining techniques and writing proposals, case and witness preparation for arbitration and MSPB and a more in-depth look at the FLRA, FSIP and EEOC.  Note: Refer to official call for prerequisites for enrolling.