The cost of the 2021 Virtual Labor School is $25 for the day (four sessions).

JULY 9TH, 2021

Introduction 8:00am MST
Session 1 8:45am-10:15am MST
Session 2 10:30am-12:00pm MST
Session 3 1:00pm-2:30pm MST
Session 4 2:45pm-4:15pm MST

When you register, you will have a choice to either pay by check or by credit card.  If you wish to pay by check, please print a copy of the registration form prior to clicking the submit button and return it with a check made out to:

Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School, send check to:


2261 S Redwood Rd, Suite M

West Valley City, UT 84119

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Session 1 at 8:45 -10:15am MST

Introduction to the NRLB, Presented by Ellen Kelman - The basic legal structure of what an unfair labor practice IS; the organization of the NLRB and how it operates;  and explaining the process for bringing and pursuing unfair labor practice charges.
Grievance Handling, Best & Worst Practices, Presented by Richard DeVries - Participants  will watch a short video of a grievance meeting then critique and discuss the worst practices of th Business Agent and Steward.

Session 2 at 10:30am-12:00pm MST

Collective Bargaining Strategies, Presented by Dennis Demaio - Dennis will lay the foundation for how Unions can prepare for a successful contract campaign and what Unions can do if and when Employers are reluctant to bargain fairly. This workshop will focus on:
1) Union preparation leading up to a collective bargaining contract campaign
2) Logistics of bargaining
3) What Unions can do of and when bargaining breaks down


Arbitration 101, Presented by Alexia Kulwiec - Alexia will introduce the process of labor arbitration, working with witnesses, and preparing a case for arbitration.

Session 3 at 1:00pm- 2:30pm MST

Communication in a Pandemic World, Presented by Leslie Simmons - Last year brought challenges to many in the labor movement when it came to communicating with union membership and beyond. How do you have membership meetings? How do you organize over Zoom? In an election year, how can we phonebank? How can our member’s issue be heard?


As we slowly return to some sense of normalcy, this workshop will take a look at what worked and didn’t work in union communications and actions – and what are some things that were done virtually that might remain, even after the pandemic is declared over? This is a workshop and discussion. Bring your best practices over the last year – let’s reflect and consider the future!


Duty of Fair Representation 101, Presented by Naomi Perera - Are you afraid of the dreaded Duty of Fair Representation charge? Unsure of how to handle them, or what you can do to prevent them? Then take this course! We’ll go over DFR basics to give you an understanding of what DFR charges are, how to best respond to these charges, and most importantly, what unions can be doing to proactively prevent them from getting filed in the first place

Session 4 at 2:45pm-4:15pm MST

Organizing for Power, Presented by Ben Speight- Labor can defeat even the most aggressive anti-union campaign if we have the right plan, sufficient resources, and the vision to win. We'll discuss the tried and true best practices in private sector union election campaigns including; identifying natural leaders, recruiting a representative organizing committee, holding effective one on one organizing conversations, conducting strong inoculations and mapping out workers' power on and off the job.

Into to Contract Costing, Presented by Richard Devries - At a ratification meeting huge number get thrown around about improved wages, pension and health care. Invariably the first question is, "What exactly did you get for me?" This workshop will show at tell, Richard DeVries will show the basic Excel Spreadsheet, plug in the numbers, and show how the three years of a proposal develop.