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Labor & Employee Relations Meetings

2018 Member Meeting
 June 11-12, 2018
 Spokane, WA

2018 Annual Meeting
October 10-12, 2018
Seattle, WA

Training Events 

2018 eCatalog

Learning on Demand January 1-December 31, 2018

NEW Negotiating Your Collective Bargaining Agreement
June 5-7, 2018: Vancouver, Wash.

Managing in a Multi-Generational World
Apr. 10, 2018: Spokane, Wash.

Employment Law Webinar Series
May 1,15, 22, 2018

NEW Influencing Others: Managing Human Dynamics
May 23-24, 2018, Vancouver, Wash. 

LERG Website

For more information,

Digest for March 31, 2018

Current News

LERG Website password has changed

The LERG website password has been updated for 2018 and sent out to the LERG key contacts. If you have not received the new password, contact taryn@nwppa.org.

2018 Annual Meeting to be held in Seattle

Join us next October 10-12 at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in downtown Seattle! Speakers are being booked and include Roger Adank of MARC; Jennifer Bouman Steagall of Red Kite; Larry Daniels of Milliman; Sally Weinman of Gallagher; Carey Klosterman of Cascade Employers Association; and John Mitchell.

This year’s outing will be our own private Underground Tour of early Seattle.

Follow this link for information on the hotel and room rates.

June member meeting to be held in Spokane

Join your peers on June 11-12 in Spokane. Note that these dates are on a Monday and Tuesday, a departure from our usual days of the week. Presentations include Respect in the Workplace by Christie Grassmyer of Associated Industries; and Changing Times: impacts and issues during a merger, by George Brown of Avista.

Roundtable discussions will occur on both days; there will also be a tour of Avista’s remodeled HQ and its Lower Falls Dam. Follow this link to the event website.

New! Negotiating Your Collective Bargaining Agreement class has moved to June

If you have already taken the Employer Collective Bargaining Team Preparations class, we have a new learning opportunity for you. Bob Oberstein, Labor Relations Manager at Snohomish Public Utility, has condensed his semester-long college class on negotiations into a 2.5-day class that will guide you through the basics of negotiation with an emphasis on labor negotiations with a union. More than just information on how and what to do, this course focuses equally on what not to do. The class will include interactive activities to build and improve your skill sets so you can continue to hone them well after the course has ended.

This is the only time this topic will be offered in 2018. Follow this link for more information. Jun. 5-7, 2018: Vancouver, Wash.

New! Employment Law Webinar Series

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall will join us in May for a three-part webinar series on these timely topics:

  1. ADA: Stress, Anxiety, Mental Disorders as Disabilities – May 1
  2. Accepting Every Human’s Nature at Work – May 15
  3. Use or Abuse: Managing Absences, Family Leave, and Reasonable Accommodations – May 22

Follow this link for more information and to register.

2018 eCatalog

Keep track of classes and class updates via our monthly updated eCatalog posted on the NWPPA website.

CPI Report

The latest CPI Report is posted on the LERG website

Recent Articles on Timely Issues

When 26 Becomes the New 30 — Millennials Grow Up at Work

Millennial workers roll off their parents’ health plan at age 26 and face their own financial future. How can employers help? Read more...

Work Stress and the ADA

What are an employer’s obligations under the ADA to accommodate a mental health disorder when the thing inducing the stress and anxiety is the workplace? Read more

The New Retirement: Ideas to Help HR With Its Mature-Age Employees

HR leaders must focus on new policies that are beneficial for employees as well as the organizations that offer them.  Read more...

Will Tax Cuts Give Rise to a New American Apprenticeship?

Savings from the new tax plan can enrich business investment in talent development through apprenticeships.  Read more...


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