On-Site Seminar Catalog

Presented by the Education Services Committee

Labor Related Courses

For Lodges That Do Not Have Collective Bargaining:

For Lodges That Do Bargain Collectively:


The Fraternal Order of Police Difference: FOP vs. Competing Labor Organizations

Time: 1 hour
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

To help members and non-members understand why law enforcement officers should join the FOP and not another law enforcement organization.

Rights of Officers

Time: 2 - 6 hours (Depends on how much time is available. 2 hours gives a good overview; 6 hours allows the instructor to go in depth)
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course discusses the rights of Law Enforcement Officers and how to enforce those rights. Included in the rights discussed are:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Contractual Rights (if any—depends on audience to whom the course is presented)
  • Civil Rights
  • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Garrity—Right to representation
  • Property Rights
  • Right to associate (form FOP lodges)
  • Weingarten—Right to pre-disciplinary hearing

How to Represent Members

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course will cover the basics in representing others.

  • How to serve as an advocate
  • How to put your personal feelings aside
  • Duties of fair representation

For Lodges That Do Not Have Collective Bargaining:

What Do You Need in a Collective Bargaining Agreement?

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course identifies what the legal requirements are that should be in every law that grants collective bargaining rights.

How to Obtain Collective Bargaining Rights

Time: 2 - 3 hours
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course identifies the actions that a lodge should take to obtain collective bargaining rights, including:

  • Guidelines for petition initiatives
  • Lobbying
  • What to look for in Governing documents
  • What does/does not Government document say?
    • City Charters
    • County Charters / Governing documents
    • State Laws

Processing Grievances

Time: 2 hours
Audience: FOP members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course discusses the duty of fair representation and teaches lodge leaders how to represent members in the grievance process.

Preparing Your Lodge to Be the Bargaining Agent

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: FOP lodge leaders and members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course discusses how a lodge can prepare itself to be a bargaining representative. The course includes a discussion on how to handle non-sworn members of the agency and sworn non-members of the lodge.

Strategies and Tactics for Representation Elections

Time: 2 hours
Audience: FOP members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course overviews ways that lodges have been successful in winning representations elections. The course identifies the steps that should be taken by lodges including how to craft and deliver your message.

For Lodges That Do Bargain Collectively:

Processing Grievances

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone, breakout room. This course will be presented with, at a minimum, a breakout session for different levels of expertise.

This course will discuss the duty of fair representation and how to handle non-dues paying bargaining unit members.

How to Arbitrate Grievances

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: FOP members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone, breakout room. This course will be presented with, at a minimum, a breakout session for different levels of expertise.

This course will teach members how to determine which grievances should proceed to arbitration and how to present evidence to an arbitrator. The 4-hour session includes presenting a grievance to an arbitrator.

The Economics of Negotiations

Time: 2 - 8 hours
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone, breakout room. This course will be presented with, at a minimum, breakout sessions for different levels of expertise.

This course is designed to cover all economic issues a lodge will face in negotiations. The course can be focused on specific areas such as:

  • How to determine comparables
  • How to review a political subdivision's financial situation
  • How to cost out a proposal
  • Use of outside consultants&#a5a;financial, healthcare, pensions

Role of Third Party Neutrals

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: FOP members and non-members
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone, breakout room. This course will be presented with, at a minimum, breakout sessions for different levels of expertise.

This course will cover the use of third party neutrals including:

  • How they are selected
  • How they view the issues
  • Presenting your case for maximum results
  • Examining and Cross Examining witnesses
  • Mock Negotiations with use of an actual third party neutral (in the 4-hour course)

Labor Relations

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: FOP members and non-members; management representatives may be invited by a lodge
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone, breakout room. This course will be presented with, at a minimum, breakout sessions for different levels of expertise.

Contract negotiations need to be supplemented with a process that can be used when negotiations are over. This course will overview successful labor relations programs and will provide a framework for the process.

Labor Councils: Are They Right for You?

Time: 2 - 4 hours
Audience: State Lodge leadership
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone, breakout room

This course is designed for state lodges that are considering how to improve their support of local lodge labor programs. In addition to advantages and disadvantages, the course discusses:

  • How they have been structured in other states
  • How they operate
  • Rules
  • Use of staff representatives
  • Use of legal counsel

Legal Ethics

Time: 2 hours
Audience: Legal counselors
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course is designed to have legal counselors discuss the ethics of representing law enforcement officers in a variety of situations.

Recent Developments in Law Enforcement Labor Law

Time: 1 - 3 hours
Audience: FOP members and legal counselors
Special Needs: LCD projector and screen, lavaliere microphone

This course will cover new court decisions that affect the representation of members.