Collective Bargaining Institute 2019



LERC’s Collective Bargaining Institute
December 8-13, 2019

This 5-day intensive bargaining training is designed for union staff and bargaining teams that negotiate contracts in both the public and private sectors. 

Some of the most innovative recent uses of the collective bargaining process have been in two cutting edge areas of justice work for unions – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Bargaining for the Common Good. The first seeks to use the power of the contract to combat racism, homo or transphobia, and other kinds of discrimination at work. The second seeks to bring important community issues to the bargaining table. Because LERC is committed to teaching both principled and practical strategies to win justice for workers and their unions, we have begun to incorporate both of these collective bargaining topics into the CBI. We also want the CBI learning community (instructors and participants) to reflect these commitments. To that end, we strongly encourage unions to emphasize diversity when sponsoring participants for this program.

Topics offered

  • Contract Campaigns: developing leaders, engaging members and building power in the workplace
  • Strategic Research
  • Developing the Bargaining Committee
  • Writing and Presenting Contract Proposals
  • Table Tactics
  • Costing Contract Proposals (and Excel spreadsheets)
  • Legal Considerations in Bargaining
  • Financial Analysis
  • Bargaining Over Health Care
  • Combatting Bias– Equity & Inclusion in Bargaining
  • Post-Janus Strategies

The Institute culminates in a 4-hour mock bargaining session that is video-taped and de-briefed with faculty.

Collective Bargaining Institute Instruction Team

LERC faculty

  • Sarah Laslett
  • Lina Stepick
  • Mark Brenner

Guest Instructors

  • Susan Crumpton, Oregon Education Association
  • Ron Teninty, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
  • Barbara Diamond, Diamond Law
  • Andy Boeger, SEIU 503
  • Jamie Sorenson, Labor Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente
  • Michael Tedesco, Tedesco Law Group
  • Nanette “D” Carter Jafri, SEIU 503

This residential program is held at the Menucha Retreat Center in Corbett, Oregon
(about 30 mins east of Portland)

For more information contact Sarah Laslett, or 541-346-2789

Registration Fees:
Single room $ 1300
Double room $ 1100
Commuter  $  950 (includes lunches and dinners)
Rooms are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.

Registration fees include:
Room and board as well as all materials and instruction. There is also a commuter rate available for those who live within easy driving distance of the site.

Registration has closed. To be added to the wait list, please contact Sarah Laslett, or 541-346-2789