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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.

LERG Website

For more information,

Digest for May 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.

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

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3 Ways to Create a More Human Workplace

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What Makes a Workplace Wellness Program Succeed?

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