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37th Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference
April 3 - 4, 2014

Category: Area L-M Conf


Location: Seattle, WA

Thursday, April 3
Friday, April 4



Daniel Hickey, Northwest Chapter LERA Conference Planning Committee
Ronald Hooks, Regional Director, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
Beth Schindler, Director of Mediation Services, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS)
Michael Sellars, Executive Director, Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC

9:15 10 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Radical Collaboration: Building More Effective Organizations
Jim Tamm, President, RC Group

10 10:15 a.m. BREAK


I. Radical Collaboration: A Look Inside
The author of Radical Collaboration, a guide for becoming more skillful at collaborative relationships, will further discuss methods for building effective work environments and trusting relationships.
Jim Tamm, President, RC Group

II. Progressive Discipline in the Workplace
This lively workshop will focus on progressive discipline as a tool for improving job performance and how this fits the purposes of just cause.
Michael Tedesco, Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon School of Law

III. Titanic Bargaining Errors
What can the Titanic teach us about negotiations? And what "titanic" mistakes can we avoid so that we're not just rearranging those deck chairs as the ship sinks year after year?
Gary Hattal, Commissioner, FMCS
Rick Oglesby, Commissioner, FMCS
Christy Yoshitomi, Field Services Manager, PERC

11:45 a.m. 1 p.m. LUNCH

Never a Dull Moment: Labor Relations in 2014
Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director, Mediation Services/Field Operations, FMCS


I. Social Media and the Collective Bargaining Process
In this era when everyone has access to social media, Scot Beckenbaugh offers tips on balancing confidentiality and transparency at the bargaining table.
Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director, Mediation Services/Field Operations, FMCS

II. The ABCs of CBAs
Are you new to the field of labor relations? This fun and interactive workshop will get you started on the right path.
Jessica Bradley, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, PERC
Ligia Maria Velazquez, Commissioner, FMCS

III. Interest Arbitration 101
The law allows uniformed personnel, transit employees, and some state employees to bring unresolved contract disputes to an arbitrator for a final decision. Experienced arbitrators will explain how to navigate the interest arbitration process, from mediation through the hearing. Bring your questions!
Starr Knutson, Arbitrator
Kenneth Latsch, Arbitrator

2:00 2:15 p.m. BREAK


I. Ask Mike Tedesco Anything
Submit your labor law questions to the registration desk Thursday morning and Mike will use 30 years of labor law expertise to answer as many as he can in this interactive workshop.

Michael Tedesco, Adjunct Professor, University of Oregon School of Law

II. High Times: Marijuana and the CBA
This workshop will discuss the impact of recent state laws on marijuana in the workplace.
James Shore, Attorney at Law, Stoel Rives, LLP
Dan Swedlow, Senior Staff Attorney, Teamsters Local 117

III. Introduction to Interest-Based Bargaining (IBB)
IBB is a cooperative method of utilizing open-rationale, joint problem-solving and consensus in collective bargaining. This interactive program, illustrating IBB processes and skills, will augment any negotiator's toolbox.
Jennifer Disotell, Commissioner, FMCS
Jamie Siegel, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, PERC

3:15 - 3:30 p.m. BREAK


I. News from PERC
This workshop will examine current issues, trends, recent decisions, and pending cases before PERC.
Michael Sellars, Executive Director, PERC

Directors of the NLRB and FMCS will discuss timely developments, recent cases, and trends at the federal level.
Ronald Hooks, Regional Director, NLRB
Beth Schindler, Director of Mediation Services, FMCS

III. Contract Administration
You've negotiated a collective bargaining agreement, now how do you enforce the terms? This workshop will address grievance handling, contract interpretation, and the use of labor-management committees to help jointly resolve workplace issues.
Julie Kettler, Commissioner, FMCS
Claire Nickleberry, Labor Relations Adjudicator/Mediator, PERC

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!


The Affordable Care Act: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Bill Sokol, Attorney at Law, Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld

10 10:15 a.m. BREAK


I. Every Move You Make: Security Cameras at the Workplace Security cameras are becoming commonplace in our worksites, including buses, schools, law enforcement vehicles, and correctional facilities. Can these videos be used for discipline? Do public disclosure laws apply? Do employees have the right to privacy?
Sofia Mabee, Attorney at Law, Summit Law Group
Hillary McClure, Attorney at Law, Vick Julius McClure

II. Labor-Management Cooperation
Union and management collaboration is often a long sought-after goal. Under what circumstances is it achievable and what do you have to do to create a framework of cooperation?
Gary Hattal, Commissioner, FMCS

III. 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 how to obtain an agreement.
Ron Knox, Attorney at Law, Garvey Schubert Barer
Tracey Thompson, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 117

11:45 a.m. 1 p.m. LUNCH


I. Employer Communications Before, During, and After Bargaining
This workshop will review the union's bargaining tactics an employer must anticipate, the elements of an employer's communication plan, and management's approach to communicating with stakeholders.
Mark Busto, Attorney at Law, Sebris Busto James

II. Union Communications Before, During, and After Bargaining
This discussion will focus on surveying the membership to develop an opening proposal, how to effectively communicate with the membership in the midst of negotiations, and preparing for a ratification meeting at the close of negotiations or exploring other strategies if negotiations break down.
Christopher Casillas, Attorney at Law, Cline and Associate

III. How Stories Keep Us in Conflict
When we find ourselves in conflict situations, it is important to remember some basics about the stories we tell ourselves so we don't get carried away and make an already difficult situation worse.
Eric Svaren, Principal, Groupsmith.

2:00 2:15 p.m. BREAK


I. Bargaining Ethics for Practitioners
This session will focus on best practices for non-lawyers when negotiating a labor agreement. Is there a right way and a wrong way to negotiate? Is there room for "ethics" in bargaining tactics and strategy? Does integrity matter? We will address the fundamental questions in this interactive session.
Matthew Lynch, Attorney at Law, Sebris Busto James

II. Ethics for Labor Lawyers
This session will address ethical issues that attorneys may face during contract negotiations, including the application of the Rules of Professional Conduct. (1.5 Washington ethics CLE credits)
John Strait, Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University

III. Generations at the Bargaining Table
This program will address the reality of dealing with multiple generations in the workplace and will discuss their sometimes very different needs, values, and concerns at the bargaining table.
Donna Lurie, Attorney at Law, Lurie Workplace Solution

Contact: Lynda Lee

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