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41st Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference

When:
April 5, 2018 – April 6, 2018 all-day
2018-04-05T00:00:00-07:00
2018-04-07T00:00:00-07:00
Where:
Washington State Convention & Trade Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
USA
Cost:
Earlybird $350.00 - After March 13, 2017 $375.00
Contact:
LERA Registrar
206-553-2773

 

RegistrationFeatured Speakers | Hotel  | Continuing Education Credits | Program

LERAwRedandSloganLERA Northwest Chapter
41st Annual
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING & ARBITRATION CONFERENCE
WA

The 41st Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference

is hosted by the Northwest LERA Chapter.

Sponsored by

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Public Employment Relations Commission

 

Thursday, April 5th
Friday, April 6th, 2018
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

Conference Registration
Information 

Fee includes a continental breakfast and lunch on both days.
• Register by March 12, 2018 – $350
• Register after March 12, 2018 – $375
Student Rate – $150 with valid active student email address.

• Refunds/CancellationsRefunds are available for cancellations requested before March 26, 2018, subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds are available after March 26, 2018

 

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

Register here

Contact registrar: 206-553-2773

LERA TX ID – 91-1289334

 

 

 

2018 Featured Speakers

Keynote Address

Harry C. Katz, National LERA President 
Professor, Cornell University Institute on Conflict Resolution

 

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 Northwest Chapter LERA 2018

The cut-off date for rooms at the conference rate is March 5, 2018.  After that date, the conference rate will no longer be available.

Continuing Education Credits

General CLE credits are approved for Washington State Attorneys max 9 credits for this conference. Sign-in sheets will be available at registration. Credit is also pending for HRCI for "SHRM" credits.

RegistrationFeatured Speakers | Hotel  | Continuing Education Credits 

41st Annual
Collective Bargaining & Arbitration Conference
 

Thursday, April 6th Friday, April 7th

8 – 9 a.m. REGISTRATION

9:15 – 10 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Harry C. Katz, National LERA President; Professor, Cornell University Institute on Conflict Resolution

10 – 10:15 a.m. BREAK

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

I. Recent Labor Law Developments
A lively discussion of recent cases and trends under the National Labor Relations Act.
• Michael Tedesco, Attorney at Law, Tedesco Law Groupy

II. Transformative Facilitation for Workplace Disputes
Does your stomach turn in knots before heading into work? Do you need a chainsaw to cut through the tension in the breakroom? Learn how Restorative or Transformative Facilitation can benefit workplace groups in conflict. Hear how to build or rebuild social capital through participatory learning and consensus decision-making to promote positive workplace change.
Sue Miglino, Mediator, Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
Robert Galbraith, Mediator, Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County

III. Collective Bargaining 101
This fast-paced workshop will help participants brush up on fundamentals of public and private sector labor law. What are unfair labor practices (ULPs)? How do you determine mandatory subjects of bargaining? What do allegations of unilateral change, contracting out, skimming, bad faith, and circumvention have in common? Learn the differences between grievances and ULPs.
• Jessica Bradley, Arbitrator

IV. The Unit Clarification Process in the Public Sector
The unit clarification process is the vehicle to modify an existing bargaining unit. Learn about the various types of petitions and tips for properly using the process.
• Daniel Comeau, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission
• Dario de la Rosa, Representation Case Administrator, Public Employment Relations Commission

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. LUNCH

1 – 2:00 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. Shop Steward Day-to-Day Fundamentals
This workshop offers union stewards a refresher on the fundamentals of their work. Topics will include understanding the role and status of union stewards, Weingarten rights, duty of fair representation, and the National Labor Relations Act.
• Taurean (T.J.) Johnson, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
• Tom Melancon, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

II. Labor-Management Collaboration in Health Care
Learn how union involvement in the administration of large health care systems in the public and private sectors, such as New York City and the "Big Three" auto companies, has led to system and cost improvements that were previously blocked by adversarial approaches.
• Harry C. Katz, National LERA President; Professor, Cornell University Institute on Conflict Resolution

III. FMCS and NLRB Case Updates
Handouts

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. Ten Ways to Accidentally Commit a ULP
Explore ways well-intentioned labor relations professionals can commit unfair labor practice violations. Learn to spot risky situations and avoid violating collective bargaining rights.
• Matthew Greer, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission
• Emily Martin, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission


IV.  FMCS Case Updates
Discussion of timely developments, recent cases, and trends in federal mediation.
Beth Schindler, Regional Director, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. BREAK

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. Table Skills for Negotiators: Skills and Drills
This fast-paced, interactive skills-based session is designed to enhance the tool kit of the negotiator at the bargaining table. Learn a skill and then immediately practice with a mini-drill.
• Stephanie Blondell,
Associate Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law

II. Why Parties (Don't) Settle in the Private Sector
There are a myriad of reasons why parties settle their labor contracts in the private sector and just as many reasons why they do not. These may range from economic restraints to philosophical values, politics, and external exigencies. Understanding both your own and the other side’s motivations can help you reach a resolution and enhance collaborative relationships.
• Gary Hattal, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
• Ligia Velazquez, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

III. PERC Case Updates
This session will examine current issues, trends, decisions, and pending cases before PERC.
• Michael Sellars, Executive Director, Public Employment Relations Commission

IV. Why Parties Settle in the Public Sector
Join public sector experts in a panel discussion regarding negotiations within Washington State and King County. We will discuss the impacts of relationships within and between bargaining teams, what it takes to maintain these relationships, how to manage external pressures on the teams, and the many ways to define “settle.”
• Moderator: Polly Davis, Assistant Program Manager, King County Office of ADR
• Chris Elwell, Project Labor Agreement Specialist, Sound Transit
• Joe Tessier, Mediator; President and Executive Director of Teamsters Local 117 (retired)
• Janet Parks, Labor Relations Manager, King County Office of Labor Relations

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  BREAK

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Plenary Session

When Good Negotiators Make Bad Decisions: Negotiation Ethics
How do ethical negotiators make bad decisions? This session will examine the range of psychological processes that lead people to engage in ethically questionable behaviors.
• Stephanie Blondell, Associate Director, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine Law

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!

9:00 – 10:15 a.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
• Michael Cavanaugh, Arbitrator

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. BREAK

10:30 – 11:45 a.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. Interest Arbitration From the Arbitrator's Perspective
Have you ever wondered which factors arbitrators consider when determining comparable jurisdictions? What role does bargaining history play? Do arbitrators view language proposals differently than wage proposals? How does an arbitrator decide whether evidence is relevant?
Katrina Boedecker, Arbitrator
Howell Lankford, Arbitratorp

II. When Worlds Collide: Navigating the Intersection of Employment Law and the Collective Bargaining Relationship
This presentation will address the impact of common federal and state employment laws on the unionized workplace. Participants will learn how labor laws and union contract provisions supersede, yield to, or integrate with laws such as the ADA, FMLA, Washington State Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave, USERRA, and overtime and minimum wage laws.
• Spencer Nathan Thal,
Staff Attorney, IAM & AW, District Lodge 751
• Dan Swedlow, Member, Summit Law Group


III. 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, Field Programs and Innovation, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

IV. Diagnosing Difficult People
This workshop provides specific tips and tactics and addresses fundamental questions regarding difficult people, such as, What causes certain people to exhibit “toxic” behaviors in the workplace? Are there “universal truths” that apply to difficult people and does knowing these truths help us deal with them more effectively?
• 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 – 2:30 p.m. CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

I. The Aftermath of the Janus Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2017-18 term will feature the case of Janus v. AFSCME, a challenge brought to the decades-long practice of fair share dues. It is widely expected the Court will determine that mandatory fair share dues violate public employees' freedom of association rights and will be prohibited moving forward.
• Chris Casillas, Attorney at Law
• Behnaz Nelson, Executive Director, Professional and Technical Employees Local 17

II. Progressive Discipline in the Workplace
This session will cover how to properly communicate disciplinary action to employees with the goal of improving performance, forms of progressive discipline, and the elements of just cause.
Michael Tedesco, Attorney at Law, Tedesco Law Group

III. To Affinity and Beyond: Practical Application of the Affinity Model
A testimonial of how the Affinity Model transformed the relationship between the city of Great Falls and the fire department (IAFF Local 8). The Affinity Model reduced a previously long bargaining process to reaching an agreement in just four hours.
Taurean (T.J.) Johnson, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

IV. "Pub Quiz" Legal Ethics
This session will combine friendly competition and random trivia, with an exploration of Washington State’s Rules of Professional Conduct and how they apply to negotiations. Come for the credits, stay for the fun. (Ethics CLE credit pending.)
Page Garcia, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission
Emily Martin, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, Public Employment Relations Commission

2:30 p.m. Conclusion of Conference 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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