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Labor & Employee Relations Meetings

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

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

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

Training Events 

2017 eCatalog

NEW Learning on Demand

July 1-December 31, 2017

Electric Systems Operations

Sep. 13-14, 2017: Spokane, Wash.

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.

LERG Website

For more information,

Digest for August 31, 2017

What’s New?

2017 Annual Meeting now open for registration

Early bird rate ends 9/10. Special room rate ends 9/13.

Join us at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane on Oct. 11-13. This year, we have topics of interest to your operations managers, so be sure to encourage them to attend the conference with you.

Keynote speaker Jim York is a dynamic speaker and will jumpstart the conference with great energy. His also the instructor for NWPPA’s foreman leadership classes. His presentation, Old School, New School: Operations, Management and HR, will focus on how a typical line employee has changed over the years both in experience and approach to work; he will also offer insights about the disconnects between foreman leadership, human resources, and other management within utilities.

In the afternoon, Jim will make a second presentation on the issues of respect and accountability among union employees.

Members of Archbright and Associated Industries will join us for presentations on managing across generations, ADA/FMLA, worker compensation, harassment, and workplace investigations. Our regular and popular speaker Jennifer Bouman-Steagall of Red Kite will join us to provide the latest updates on HR legal issues.

Larry Daniels of Milliman will talk about what this year’s Milliman surveys reveal about job trends. John Mitchell also be on hand to offer insights on the economy and how this will impact utilities.

Roundtable discussions, an evening reception, and an optional dinner outing offer opportunities to exchange ideas with others and help build your network of HR and labor management peers.

Follow this link for more details and to register.  Early bird rate ends 9/10. Special room rate ends 9/13 (there are a limited number of rooms in this special room block).

Learning on Demand Program has launched

Subscribe now to Learning on Demand, NWPPA’s new online learning program for NWPPA 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.

Learning on Demand is available through an annual subscription that grants all of a utility’s employees access to the program for one upfront price. They can take advantage of these learning activities anytime, anywhere, and as often as they wish.

The program includes:

  1. twelve videos on Workplace Violence prevention; and
  2. two interactive courses:
  • Electric Power Utility Basics
  • The History of Public Power in the Northwest

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.

2018 classes now being scheduled

NWPPA is currently scheduling the bulk of events for 2018 and will have a preliminary list of classes with dates and locations available by the end of July. We hope this earlier release of information will help you with your budget planning process. Contact bonnie@nwppa.org if you would like a copy of this report.

CPI Report

The latest CPI Report is posted on the LERG website.

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