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Labor Mangement Council of Northeast Wisconsin Annual Conference Back to Calendar
April 30, 2009
Description: The 36th Annual Conference of the Labor Management Council of Northeast Wisconsin will provide an opportunity for members of the labor-management community and practicing arbitrators to hear from a variety of speakers and attend breakout sessions focused on strong leadership in today’s economic climate, building partnerships, labor-management cooperation and planning for the future.

Time: 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Green Bay, WI, The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center

The 2009 Annual Conference
Thursday April 30, 2009
The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center
Green Bay, WI

Registration Begins: 7:15 a.m.
Conference Runs From 7:45 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Today’s Economic Climate Calls for Strong Leadership!

Key Note Presentations

#1 “Winds of Change - A Look at the Landscape and Keeping Grounded During Tumultuous Times”
Scot Beckenbaugh – Acting Director, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

Scot will provide information on economic relevance of bargaining today and what’s at stake, the issues driving conflict and the resources available to assist you.

#2 “The Future of Wisconsin’s Economy and Job Market”
Roberta Gassman – Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Secretary Gassman will highlight Governor Doyle’s Grow Wisconsin plan to ensure a skilled workforce, including a new Wisconsin Sector Strategies Initiative, to help Wisconsin’s economy recover, grow and create jobs of the future.

#3 “The Car Key Factor – Lessons on Leadership”
Brian Blasko - National Motivational Speaker – Author – Fun Guy!

The key to success is being the type of leader others WANT to follow not HAVE TO! This high energy session will show you how to effectively lead and interact with customers and coworkers.


“Teamwork & Leadership”
Harry F. Sydney III, President/Executive Director of “My Brothers Keeper” (Former Green Bay Packer Player & Running Backs Coach)

Teamwork and Leadership requires “Straight talk – Sound Direction!

“Living the Good Life”
Deb Anderson, Director of Millennium Products, Network Health Plan

In times of economic stress and skyrocketing healthcare expenses, everyone needs to know what they can do to improve their health and manage the costs of health care!

“Enhancing Energy Efficiency for High Performance”
Jo Keirns – Executive Director, Green Mechanical Council

The word “Green” has entered our daily lives. We read about it in the news, see it on TV and hear about it on the radio, but what is it and how does it affect us?

“Public Education as Economic Development”
Guy Costello – Vice President, Wisconsin Education Association Council

Vice President Costello will share his perspective on Public Education as Economic Development for Wisconsin Business, Industry and Labor.

Breakout Sessions

“Lean Manufacturing (Panel)” – Graphic Packaging International and USW Local #2-148
Rod Boldt, Shipping Manager/Lean Coordinator; Todd Arno, Finishing Department Manager; Erin Bednarowski, Make Ready Operator; Deb Novak, Robotics Operator & Renae Langel, Human Resource Manager

The panel members will present an overview of the success of Labor and Management working together in a global market through their lean manufacturing process.

“Retirement Planning” – Union Financial
Dan Buehrle, President; Brian Long, District Vice-President

Planning for retirement includes the markets, individual planning & education on all forms of retirement benefits.

“Partnership (Panel”) – Harley Davidson, USW & IAM
Stephen Weidman, Senior Director of Corporate Relations; Keith Kirchner, Executive Assistant to the International President (Retired); Steven Brady, USW Collective Bargaining; Tom O’Heron, IAM Director of Collective Bargaining

The panel members will present an overview of their “partnership” and the value it brings for the success of their respective organizations.

“Strengthening Labor/Management Relationships” - Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
Don Maki, Commissioner & Dan VanWychen, Commissioner

In these challenging economic times, the ability of labor and management to work together and resolve issues and conflicts may very well be critical to their long term survival.


Additional Information (links):   Labor Management Council of Northeast Wisconsin

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