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Labor & Employee Relations Meetings

2017 Member Meeting

June 2-3, 2017
Franklin PUD, Pasco, Wash.

2017 Annual Meeting and Conference
Oct. 11-13, 2017
Spokane, Wash.

Training Events 

2017 eCatalog

Leading Millennials, Preparing for Generation Z
May 2, 2017: Vancouver, Wash.

Negotiations Webinar Series
May 11, 18, 25, 2017

Writing Effective Job Descriptions
June 6-7, 2017, Vancouver, Wash.

Employer Collective Bargaining Team Preparations
Dec. 4-5, 2017: Vancouver, Wash.

Leadership Skills #5: Supervising Union Employees
Dec. 6-8, 2017: Vancouver, Wash.

LERG Website

For more information,

Digest for February 28, 2017

What’s New?

New member meeting format was a great success!

The new format of 2 half-days for our member meetings was given an enthusiastic thumbs-up by the 19 attendees. On Thursday afternoon, they heard Jennifer Bouman-Steagall of Red Kite talk about Key legal changes and HR trends that should drive policy development and changes as employers enter 2017, listened to a presentation by Matt Babbitts, Energy Services Projects Manager, on Clark Public Utilities’ Community Solar projects and then completed the afternoon with some lively round table discussions.

On Friday morning, they heard Lena Wittler, Director of Communications, Clark Public Utilities, talk about Clark’s Customer Satisfaction Program; the final segment of the morning saw more roundtable discussions on current grievances, reasonable suspicion training, handbook revisions, board governance policies, and LNI injuries.

June member meeting to be held at Franklin PUD. Save the date!

Plan to join us June 1-2 at Franklin PUD in Pasco, Wash. Like the February meeting, this meeting will span 2 half-days. The agenda is still being finalized, but plans are underway to bring in a speaker on leadership as well as offer a tour of Franklin PUD’s new green HQ and its TREK mobile information trailer that provides demonstrations and information on energy.

Other ideas include: a tour of the Hanford Reach museum, which focuses on solar, wind, and nuclear energy and includes a display on Energy Northwest; a dinner outing to a local winery. And, of course, there will be plenty of time for roundtable discussions.

2017 Annual Meeting to be held in Spokane

Be sure to make room in your 2017 budget for the next LERG Annual Meeting. The conference will be held at the beautiful and historic Davenport Hotel in downtown Spokane, Washington on October 11-13, 2017. This year’s theme is a glimpse into history, HR and Labor Relations: Then and Now. We plan to offer presentations this year on topics of interest to your operations managers, so invite them to attend with you.

Negotiations webinar series to be held in May

Bob Oberstein will be returning this May to hold his popular webinars series on negotiations skills. This three-part series will cover three key areas of negotiations: preparation; use of the three dynamics of time, information and power; and closing the deal. May 11, 18, 25, 2-3:30 p.m. Registration will open soon.

CPI Report

The latest CPI Report is posted on the LERG website.

Recent Articles on Timely Issues

Make Performance Reviews Effective Again

Performance reviews have taken many different forms, with some companies doing away with them entirely. But they’re still important. Here are some tips to use them effectively. Read more...

When a Hug Creates a Hostile Work Environment

What’s the takeaway from this case? How about this: Hands off at work. Read more...

How Feedback Apps Can Help Improve Employee Retention

There are reasons to replace annual satisfaction surveys with a mobile feedback app; chief among them is employee satisfaction. Read more...

Facebook’s new job opening posts poach business from LinkedIn

This new feature could help people who aren’t actively looking for a job and lower-skilled workers to find a job. There are some privacy concerns, though, from Facebook users. Read more...

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