Don’t miss the 2018
Public Employment Relations Conference
May 30, 2018 • 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Salem Convention Center • Salem, OR
200 Commercial St. SE
*Free parking is limited
Registration FEE is $160 per person
($140 per person for three or more from the same organization)
Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and electronic materials. Complete an online registration for each person attending. Payment can be made with one check to cover the registrants from your organization.
Registration deadline is May 15, 2018. Cancellations received after May 15 will not receive a refund. No-shows will not receive
Please mail payment to:
1289 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1289
•8:30 – 9 am Sign-in
• 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Overview: Bob Bussel, LERC
• 9:15 – 10:45 Session I – Five Concurrent Workshops
• 10:45– 11:00 Break
• 11:00 –12:30 Session II Workshops (3 repeated from Session I)
• 12:30 – 2 pm Lunch
Reflections on Public Sector Labor Relations After Janus
Melissa Unger, Executive Director, SEIU Local 503;
Elana Pirtle-Guiney, Labor and Workforce Policy Advisor, Governor’s Office
• 2:15 – 3:15 Discussion of ERB Leading Cases
ERB Board members will provide summaries of important recent
cases and an opportunity for audience comments, questions, and
• 3:15 – 3:30 Break
• 3:30 – 4:30 Leading Cases Continued
• 4:30 – 5:30 Reception Hosted By Participating Law Firms
The new PERC Monograph, Collective Bargaining, Information Sharing, and New Technology in Oregon’s Public Sector Workplace, is FREE with registration.
Session I – WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
• 9:15 – 10:45 (choose 1 when you register)
Promoting a Workplace Culture of Equity and Inclusion
AFSCME Local 88 Representatives; Steve Herron, Labor Relations Director, Central Human Resources, Multnomah County; Teresa Ferrer, Professional Practice Consultant, Center for Great Public Schools, Oregon Education Association
Creating an environment that is equitable and inclusive for people of color and other underrepresented groups has become a high priority in the public sector workplace. Panelists will discuss specific strategies labor and management can undertake in areas such as recruitment, retention, and career development that create a sense of belonging and allow all employees to grow, contribute, and develop within their organizations.
No Room for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Stacy Chamberlain, OR AFSCME Council 75; Liz Tippett, University of Oregon School of Law; Laura Salerno Owens, Markowitz Herbold PC
With the ‘Me, Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ movements spotlighting the prevalence of sexual harassment, both labor and management have a shared responsibility for creating safe and professional work environments. In this workshop presenters will identify strategies and best practices for cultivating respectful work environments where sexual harassment and intimidation are not tolerated.
Best Practices for Investigatory Meetings: Weingarten and Garrity Rights
Anil Karia, Public Sector Law Group; Ursula Kienbaum, Ogletree Deakins
This workshop examines one of the most important due process principles in unionized workplaces: the rights of workers and supervisors during investigatory meetings. Presenters will examine how Weingarten and Garrity rules have been applied by the ERB under Oregon’s PECBA and will discuss best practices for supervisors, employees, and union representatives.
Breakthrough Bargaining at Portland Public Schools
Moderator: Janet Gilman, State Conciliator, Oregon Employment Relations Board
Panelists: Marty Pavlik, Uniserve Consultant, Oregon Education Association; Suzanne Cohen, President, Portland Association of Teachers; Steve Lancaster, Bargaining Chair, Portland Association of Teachers; Guadalupe Guerrero, Superintendent, Portland Public Schools; Laird Cusack, Senior Director, Employee and Labor Relations, Portland Public Schools; Kylie Rogers, Chief Human Resources Officer, Portland Public Schools
Learn how negotiators from Oregon’s largest school district and educators’ union harnessed the power of integrative bargaining and collaboration to navigate the highs and lows of a challenging negotiation and ultimately reach consensus on some of the toughest issues facing public education today. In this workshop you will learn about bargaining methods and contractual outcomes directly from district and union leaders involved in the process.
Big Brother is Watching: Navigating the Increasing Use of Technology in the Unionized Workplace
Kyle Abraham, Barran Liebman, LLP; Jason Weyand, Tedesco Law Group
This session will build on LERC’s new monograph, Collective Bargaining, Information Sharing, and New Technology in Oregon’s Public Sector Workplace, and address recent developments in the law relating to the use of technology in the workplace. Topics include the use of surveillance and communication technologies and discussion of a recent ERB decision on bargaining obligations regarding surveillance and monitoring of employees.
Session II – WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
• 11:00 –12:30 Session II (3 repeated from Session I. Choose 1 when you register)
Keeping Safe: Protecting Employees from Violence at Work Robert Young, Bargaining Coordinator, Oregon Education Association; John Van Dreal, Director of Safety and Risk Management, Salem-Keizer School District; Jennifer Chapman, Legal Counsel, OR AFSCME Council 75
Across a broad spectrum of job settings in Oregon, public employees have expressed strong concerns about their safety and security. Panelists and workshop attendees will identify labor-management solutions, collective bargaining language, and other interventions that can provide greater security and protection for workers who may be vulnerable to workplace violence.
Your Unfair Labor Practice Case: What Happens Next?
ERB Board: Adam Rhynard, Jennifer Sung, Lisa Umscheid
In this session the Employment Relations Board members will explain how they process unfair labor practice complaints and what you can expect to happen at each stage of a typical unfair labor practice case. The Board encourages workshop participants to ask questions and seek clarifications about the Board’s case-handling practices and rules.
No Room for Sexual Harassment (repeat)
Investigatory Meetings/Weingarten (repeat)
Big Brother is Watching (repeat)
Oregon CLEs are anticipated. For more information please
email Jennifer Smith or call 541-346-2782
Special thanks to Oregon LERA and Oregon PELRA for co-sponsoring this conference.