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31st Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference Back to Calendar
March 21 - 22, 2006

Time: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Daily times may vary. Please see agenda below.)

Location: Seattle, WA

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

7:30 AM - 8:45 AM REGISTRATION - Level 6, East Lobby

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM WELCOME - Ballroom 6C

• Walter M. Stuteville - LERA Conference Planning Committee

• Eileen B. Hoffman - National LERA 2007 President-Elect

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM OPENING PLENARY SESSION – Ballroom 6C

Moving Forward in 21st Century Labor Relations: The Kaiser Permanente Labor-Management Partnership

The ground-breaking partnership and utilization of interest-based negotiations between Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions represent the largest use of interest-based methods in U.S. labor relations history. Hear from key leaders about this historic experience and the ongoing challenges and opportunities of the Partnership.

• Peter diCicco - Executive Director, Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

• Anthony Wagner - Vice-President, Office of Labor-Management Partnership, Kaiser Permanente

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM BREAK


Ask the Grievance Arbitrator – Room 608

A panel of Northwest arbitrators answers your grievance arbitration questions and provides valuable insight into the arbitral decision-making process. • Luella Nelson - Portland, Oregon

• Alan R. Krebs - Seattle, Washington

• Joseph Duffy - Seattle, Washington

• Michael Cavanaugh - Seattle, Washington

Ask the Interest Arbitrator – Room 609

Northwest interest arbitrators discuss how they analyze disputes involving wages, benefit packages, and workplace issues.

• Jane Wilkinson - Portland, Oregon

• Timothy Williams - Seattle, Washington

• Howell Lankford - Portland, Oregon

Interest-Based Bargaining in Action – Room 611

An electronic survey of healthcare employers was conducted in the summer of 2005 in an effort to objectively review the IBB experience in Washington hospitals. Learn the results and examine the impacts of the use of interest-based bargaining in this segment of the workforce.

• Robert Sebris, Jr. - Attorney at Law, Sebris Busto James

Bridging the Generation Gap in the Workplace – Room 612

Why do individuals identify with a certain generation? Why do generational groups clash over issues like promotions, work schedules, and training? This session will encourage self-reflection and feature ways to handle generational differences.

• Eileen B. Hoffman - Commissioner/ Project Director, FMCS International and Dispute Resolution Services

• Kimberly Beg - Commissioner/Acting Director of ADR Services and the FMCS Institute

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM LUNCH - Ballroom C


Labor Law Basics (Part 1) – Rooms 611 and 612

Back by popular demand! Hear from experienced labor attorneys in the first of two "basics" workshops for persons new to collective bargaining. Topics include the historic framework of private and public sector labor law, the governing statutes, the enforcement agencies, and the particular obligations of labor and management.

• Terry C. Jensen - Attorney at Law, Rinehart & Robblee

• Otto G. Klein III - Attorney at Law, Summit Law Group

Kaiser Permanente Labor - Management Partnership – Room 608

Get a close view of the nuts and bolts of negotiating and implementing both the national and local collective bargaining agreements. Ask questions of Partnership representatives and hear how this extraordinary coalition works at all organizational levels.

• Peter diCicco - Executive Director, Coalition of Kaiser-Permanente Unions

• Anthony Wagner - Vice-President, Office of Labor-Management Partnership, Kaiser-Permanente

Labor at a Crossroads: Current and Emerging Developments - Room 609

The NLRB Regional Director shares his perspective on the current labor-management situation in the private sector.

• Richard L. Ahearn - Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM BREAK


Labor Law Basics (Part 2) – Rooms 611 and 612

• Terry C. Jensen - Attorney at Law, Rinehart & Robblee

• Otto G. Klein III - Attorney at Law, Summit Law Group

Negotiating Economics – Room 608

A panel of experts experienced in both public and private sector labor negotiations discusses the techniques and strategies of negotiating wages and benefits in a changing and challenging economy.

• Toni Graf - UniServe Representative, Washington Education Association

• Larry Yok - Human Resources Director, Group Health Cooperative

• Spencer Nathan Thal - General Counsel, Teamsters Local 117

• Ronald J. Knox - Attorney at Law, Garvey Schubert Barer

Transition: Understanding and Guiding the Human Side of Change – Room 609

We live in a time of unprecedented change - in the workplace, the public arena, and our daily personal interactions. This workshop will provide you with practical tools and strategies for understanding and guiding the individual and organizational dynamics which always accompany change.

• Donna Vaudrin, EdD - Organization Development Consultant, Vaudrin and Associates


Wednesday, March 22, 2006

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM REGISTRATION - Level 6, East Lobby

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM PLENARY SESSION - Ballroom 6C

Mediation in Action

Watch and learn as a mediation concerning employee discipline unfolds before you. Bring your questions!

• Andrew P. Hall - Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and the Andy Hall Players

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM BREAK


Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Room 608

How do you go about presenting a persuasive arbitration case? What’s the best way to organize your evidence? How should you work with your witnesses? Two experienced advocates share their insights and methods.

• Lawrence Hannah - Attorney at Law, Perkins Coie

• Michael McCarthy - Attorney at Law, Reid Pedersen McCarthy Ballew

What’s Up at PERC – Room 609

The Executive Director of the Public Employment Relations Commission provides information and insight about important recent and pending decisions on public sector labor law issues.

• Marvin L. Schurke - Executive Director, Public Employment Relations Commission

Explore Your Future in Labor Relations – Room 611

This roundtable discussion will provide you an opportunity to dialogue with professionals from government agencies, unions and private employers about the complex and changing world of labor relations.

• Malcolm Paice - Labor Relations Director, Aramark, Western Region

• Daniel Hickey - Field Examiner, NLRB

• Whitney Hupf - Union Representative, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 17

• Christy Yoshitomi - Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, PERC

• David Tuttle - Moderator

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM LUNCH AND PLENARY SESSION - Ballroom 6C

Law, Sausage, and Baseball

• Eugene D. Orza, Chief Operating Officer, Major League Baseball Players Association


Cultural Awareness – Room 608

The workplace is becoming ever more diverse from many standpoints: ethnicity, religion, background, lifestyle, and physical capability. Explore ways to increase your effectiveness in a multi-cultural workplace.

• Barbara D. Rumph - Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

The PSRA Two Years After Implementation – Room 609

The first round of full scope collective bargaining under the Personnel System Reform Act for state employees has been completed, and round two is now under way. What are we learning from these negotiations? What might the future hold?

• A panel of experts, including representatives from OFM’s Labor Relations Office, leading labor organizations, and state agencies.

Negotiation Basics – Rooms 611 and 612

This is the second workshop in the highly regarded “basics” series for persons new to collective bargaining. Two experienced negotiators discuss the nuts and bolts of bargaining, including preparation, bargaining team composition and roles, making proposals, and handling the inevitable problems.

• Nancy Kennedy - Labor Relations Specialist, AFT Washington

• Nancy Buonanno-Grennan - Labor Relations Manager, King County


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