Events at LERA Communities

All times are displayed here in CENTRAL time.

Feb
24
Fri
National Academy of Arbitrators Southeast Regional Meeting @ DoubleTree Orlando Airport Hotel
Feb 24 – Feb 25 all-day
Apr
6
Thu
40th Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference @ Washington State Convention & Trade Center
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day

 

RegistrationFeatured Speakers | Hotel  | Continuing Education Credits | Program

LERAwRedandSloganLERA Northwest Chapter
40th Annual
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING & ARBITRATION CONFERENCE
WA
The 40th Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference is hosted by the Northwest LERA Chapter.

Sponsored by

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Public Employment Relations Commission
National Labor Relations Board

Thursday, April 6th
Friday, April 7th, 2017
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
The Conference Center, Level 3, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, WA 98101
(Directions available online at www.wsctc.com.)

RegistrationFeatured Speakers | Hotel  | Continuing Education Credits | Program

  Conference Registration Includes    –   conference materials, continental breakfast
and lunch on both days

Conference Registration
information

Register for the Conference

Fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch on both days.
• Register by March 6, 2017 – $350
• Register after March 6, 2017 – $375
Student Rate – $150 with valid active student email address.

• Refunds/CancellationsRefunds are available for cancellations requested before March 1, 2017, subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds are available after March 1, 2017

1. Register and pay online or reserve your seat online and send payment via US mail to: 
LERA Registrar, FMCS, 2001 Sixth Avenue, Suite #2500, Seattle, WA 98121

2017 Featured Speakers

Keynote Address
Richard Birke, Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution,
Willamette University School of Law

 

Hotel Information

A limited number of hotel rooms at the conference rate of $219/night (not including taxes 
or fees) will be available at The Westin Seattle, 1900 Fifth Avenue.  Attendees can make 
room reservations by calling 1-888-627-8513 and requesting the NW LERA/FMCS Collective 
Bargaining Conference rate.  Reservations can also be made on-line at https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/StarGroupsWeb/MPView.go?id=1612147856&mp=true&rep=0

The cut-off date for rooms at the conference rate is March 6, 2017.  After that date, the conference rate will no longer be available.

Continuing Education Credits

General CLE credits are pending for Washington State Attorneys. Sign-in sheets will be available at registration. Credit is also pending for HRCI for ‘SHRM’ credits.

RegistrationFeatured Speakers | Hotel  | Continuing Education Credits | Program

40th Annual
Collective Bargaining & Arbitration Conference
 

Thursday, March 10 Friday, March 11

8 – 9 a.m. REGISTRATION

9:15 – 10 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Richard Birke, Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution, Willamette University School of Law

10 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK

10:15 – 11:45 a.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

How to Use Grievance Mediation: Controlling Your Own Destiny
Work with professional labor mediators to sharpen your grievance resolution skills. This interactive workshop will explore how participants can more effectively and efficiently use the mediation process to resolve disciplinary and contract language grievances.
Jessica Bradley, Unfair Labor Practice Manager, Public Employment Relations Commission
Jennifer Nitschke, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

II. Making Good Decisions in Risky Times
In a variety of ways, the evolutionary history of our brains has left us ill-equipped to make good choices in a modern world, especially under conditions of risk or uncertainty. Learn how to identify and overcome the barriers to effective decision-making in a dynamic world.
Richard Birke, Professor of Law, Director of the Center for Dispute Resolution,
Willamette University School of Law

III. Labor Law Fundamentals
Topics include the historic framework of private and public sector labor law, the governing statutes, the enforcement agencies, the right to self-organization, bargaining in good faith, unfair labor practices, strikes, boycotts, and lockouts.
Michael Tedesco, Attorney at Law, Tedesco Law Group

IV. Behaviors of ‘Defective’ Negotiators
Which behaviors should be avoided at all costs during negotiations? Which behaviors have derailed negotiations that were otherwise going well? This workshop will provide real life examples of defective behaviors displayed during the collective bargaining process. Alternatives to roads taken in error will be explored.
Gary Hattal, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Tom Melancon, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. LUNCH

1 – 2:00 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. Positive Communications and Negotiations: Engage With ‘Yes,’ No Matter What!
Overusing the word “No” causes people to view you as negative and rejecting. With this attitude, you’ll reduce your opportunities for advancement and success. This skillshop will show you ways to communicate during times of turmoil—and during difficult negotiations. Beyond “Yes and,” you’ll practice a more powerful “Yes” strategy that will make people eager to hear your message.
Wallace Wilkins, Ph.D., Take-Risks.com

II. Warriors Returning to the Workplace
Returning veterans and reservists have much to contribute to our workplaces. In this session, participants will learn how to help these valued colleagues transition back to the workplace after active duty. Legal requirements and best practices will be discussed.
Brian Clauss, Executive Director, Veterans Legal Support Center, John Marshall Law School

III. FMCS and NLRB Case Updates
FMCS and NLRB directors will discuss timely developments, recent cases, and trends.
Beth Schindler, Regional Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Ronald Hooks, Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board

IV. Interest-Based Bargaining Success Story: Snoqualmie Valley School District
Learn how the Snoqualmie Valley School District and Education Association progressed from a contentious bargain that resulted in a vote for a strike to a collaborative bargain and improved relationship.
Jamie Siegel, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission
Jeff Hogan, Assistant Superintendent, Snoqualmie Valley School District
Lisa Radmer, President, Snoqualmie Valley Education Association

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. BREAK

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. The Affinity Model of Collaborative Bargaining
Imagine resolving your economic issues in a financially strained environment in hours, not days or weeks! This innovative model of bargaining allows for meaningful input from the collective voices of all bargaining team members and enhances the labor-management relationship.
Javier Ramirez, Director of Field Programs and Innovation, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

II. Drug Policies, Testing, and Employee Relations in the Era of State‑Legal Marijuana
As employers and employee representatives in the public and private sectors, how should workplace policies, labor relations, and human resources adapt to state legalization of marijuana? This presentation will explore the status of marijuana laws, legal and practical considerations for addressing workplace concerns, and synchronizing policy, enforcement, and communication surrounding marijuana use.
Jared Van Kirk , Attorney at Law, Garvey Schubert Barer

III. Exploring the Nuances of Conflict: Practical Tools and Techniques
Inspired in part by concepts described in The Conflict Paradox by Bernard Mayer, this interactive workshop will examine the contradictions at the center of almost all conflicts, including those we encounter in labor relations. Learn about the tensions between competition and cooperation, avoidance and engagement, and emotions and logic.
Emily Martin, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission
Matthew Greer, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission

IV. Bargaining Subjects: Balancing on the Highwire
Washington State law balances a topic’s relationship to wages, hours, and working conditions against the extent to which the subject lies at the core of entrepreneurial control in determining whether the topic is mandatory or permissive in nature. This interactive workshop will explore real and theoretical topics and provide an opportunity to hear how a PERC examiner would rule.
Dario de la Rosa, Representation Case Administrator, Public Employment Relations Commission
Daniel Comeau, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  BREAK

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Plenary Session

Getting Even: The Truth About Workplace Revenge
Thomas Tripp, Professor of Management, Washington State University – Vancouver, Professor of Management, Washington State University – Vancouver

4:30–  5:30 p.m.  THE HAPPIEST HOUR
Trade in your drink ticket and enjoy a libation while networking with your friends and colleagues!

9 – 9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. Predictions for Labor Relations Under the Trump Administration
Michael Tedesco, Attorney at Law, Tedesco Law Group

I. Whippersnappers to Codgers: Generations in Conflict
Multiple generations at work have “clash points” around values, attitudes, and work-life balance. This impacts recruitment, retention, collective bargaining priorities, and grievances in substantial ways. How are you viewed by those “others”? And what can you do about it?
Gary Hattal, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Negotiating Ethics
This session will address ethical issues that attorneys may face during contract negotiations, including the application of Rules of Professional Conduct (ethics CLE credit pending).
• To be determined

III. PERC Case Updates
This workshop examines current issues, trends, recent decisions, and pending cases before PERC.
Michael Sellars, Executive Director, Public Employment Relations Commission

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. BREAK

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. Remodeling Relationships in the Real World
Achieving a positive and productive relationship with your labor or management counterpart can often be difficult, complicated, time-consuming, and sometimes painful. Is it worth the effort? Panelists will share pragmatic advice and practical tools.
Beth Schindler, Regional Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Ligia Velazquez, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

II. Advanced Bargaining
This workshop will address bargaining plans, strategies, and tactics, including preparing for face‑to‑face negotiation sessions, handling negotiations at the bargaining table, and working toward reaching an agreement.
• Spencer Nathan Thal, Senior Labor Relations Counsel, Airline Pilots Association
Dan Swedlow, Member, Summit Law Group

III. Changing the Future: Why Transgender and GNC Employees Matter for Every Workplace
This workshop will be presented by a panel from the speakers’ bureau at the Ingersoll Gender Center, a Seattle‑based organization that supports transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) people and issues.
Panelists, The Ingersoll Gender Center
 
IV. Interest Arbitration From the Mediator’s Perspective
Uniformed personnel, transit employees, and some state employees are eligible for interest arbitration to settle labor disputes. This workshop will explore practical tools to avoid impasse, including the use and preparation of comparables and the effective use of mediation.
Steve Irvin, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. LUNCH

1 – 2:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

And the Arbitrator’s Award Goes to…
In this interactive workshop, see how well you can predict an arbitrator’s award. Hear from respected arbitrators as to how they would rule on certain cases and why.
Rich Ahearn, Arbitrator
Sylvia Skratek, Arbitrat

2:30 p.m. Conclusion of Conference 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

The e-mail address you provide is used only by the Northwest Chapter of LERA. We do not share or sell our e-mail list.
Important Links

 

Jun
20
Tue
2017 Georgia Labor Management Conference @ Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa
Jun 20 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for the 2017 Georgia Labor Management Conference to be held at the beautiful Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, Ga. More details and cost will be announced in Spring 2017.
 

Skip to toolbar