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Labor & Employee Relations Meetings

2018 Member Meeting
Feb 8-9, 2018
PacifiCorp, Portland, OR

2018 Annual Meeting
October 10-12, 2018
Seattle, WA (Tentative)

Training Events 

2018 eCatalog

NEW Learning on Demand July 1-December 31, 2017

Employer Collective Bargaining Team Preparations

Dec. 4-5, 2017: Vancouver, Wash.

Leadership Skills #5: Supervising Union Employees

Dec. 6-8, 2017: Vancouver, Wash.

NEW Influencing Others: Managing Human Dynamics

May 23-24, 2018: Vancouver, Wash.

Electric Utility Systems Operations
Sept. 12-13, 2018: Spokane, WA

LERG Website

For more information,

Digest for October 31, 2017

Current News

Learning on Demand Program expands in 2018

Subscribe now to Learning on Demand, NWPPA’s new online learning program for NWPPA public utility members! This program is ideal for both new employees and other employees who want to learn about the public power industry and gain tips on how to mitigate violence that might occur in the workplace and in the field.

2018 Additions (light grey)          2017 Programs (dark grey)

Learning on Demand is available through an annual subscription. For just one price, all employees in your utility will have access to the program anytime, anywhere, and as often as they wish.

Pricing is based on the number of a utility’s full-time employees.

Follow this link to see video previews of the courses, learn more about the program, and find out how to subscribe. Subscribers in 2017 will earn a discounted price for a 2018 subscription.

February member meeting to be held at Pacificorp

Our next member meeting is scheduled for February 8-9, 2018 will be held at Pacifcorp in NE Portland. Thank you, Chris Schneider, Pacificorp’s labor relations manager, for hosting this meeting. We will update you as plans evolve for the speakers and activities.

Holding member meetings at utilities has been working well for our group; it is a less formal setting and attendees learn about the interesting projects going on at other organizations.

HR Webinar Series coming this spring

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

  1. ADA: Stress, Anxiety, Mental Disorders as Disabilities
  2. Gender-Me-This: Accepting Every Human’s Nature at Work
  3. Use or Abuse: Managing Absences, Family Leave, and Reasonable Accommodations:

More details will be coming soon.

2018 classes now being scheduled

Our 2018 eCatalog is now ready and is posted on our website.

CPI Report

The latest CPI Report is posted on the LERG website.

Recent Articles on Timely Issues

Can an Employee Waive the Right to Bring a Sexual Harassment Claim?

Workplace nondisclosure agreements face public scrutiny amidst allegations against top executives. Read more…

Wanted: Managers Who Trust Their Teleworkers

Experts say remote work can’t thrive without confidence.

What It’s Like to Be Sued by Your Employee

If you’ve never been sued as an employer, congratulations. You are likely just lucky, and not just good at employer-ing. Read more…

Developing a Strong Hiring Plan

What can you do to make sure your hiring plan is solid? How do you fill in the missing gaps? Read more...

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