Collective Bargaining Community

Welcome  to the AFT-Cornell Collective Bargaining Certificate Program Community.  The program is offered in partnership by the AFT and the Scheinman Institute at Cornell University’s ILR School. This program, which was the brainchild of AFT President Randi Weingarten, is designed to give member leaders the skills and confidence they need to effectively bargain and increase the union’s voice in the workplace and community. This is a great opportunity to earn a nationally recognized certificate valued at nearly $10,000 when earned outside of this program. In addition resources, webinars, research and support is provided by the AFT Center for Collective Bargaining, part of the Research and Strategic Initiatives Department. Together we provide AFT Collective Bargaining Training.

“How do you use collective bargaining to solve problems, and how do you teach people about real conflict resolution and the art and the science of negotiations?” asks AFT President Randi Weingarten. In this video, Weingarten and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew discuss the AFT/Cornell Collective Bargaining Certificate program, along with testimonials by certificate holders.

Using the community: tab explanation

  • Information - Resources, webinar links, articles, and conference information.   
  • Discussions -  Introduce yourself and start new discussions with your colleagues. 
  • Members - See all of the community members and what affiliate they are from.   
  • Files - Repository of all the resources in this community, these can also be found in the Information section.

For more information, please contact the AFT Union Leadership Institute at [email protected]

2024 Intensive Dates:

  • April 7-12, 2024 – Washington, DC
  • June 2-7, 2024 – Minnesota
  • October 20-25, 2024 – (Healthcare Locals) Location to be determined .


Costing Out Your Contract (Online): The process of costing out your contract is an essential
part of preparing for negotiations. This online course for AFT leaders and members will give you
the skills you need to come to the table prepared to make the best possible case for your
members. This nine-part course can be taken at your own pace and on your own time during
the session dates. You will enter a virtual community, share insights and get valuable feedback
from an instructor. This counts as three units towards the AFT-Cornell Collective Bargaining
Certificate Program. 

The next scheduled session starts on June 12, 2024
2024 Dates:

  • June 12, 2024

Please email [email protected] with registration questions