The Oregon Labor Law Conference is a yearly gathering that brings together union staff and leadership from around the Northwest to learn about cutting-edge labor law and build a stronger labor movement.  The conference provides training on grievance handling and arbitration, collective bargaining, organizing workers, union governance, legislation, and worker rights.  

Founded over 20 years ago by former IBEW Local 48 general counsel Norman Malbin, the conference is created by and for the labor movement.  The conference features leading legal practitioners from Oregon, the Northwest, and the nation for a day of dynamic sessions and practical advice, followed by a social gathering to build bridges within the labor movement.  The conference sells out every year, and registration is on a first-come, first served basis, so register now.  

We hope to see you in January 2023.

–Lillian Killen, John Bishop, Noah Barish, Diana Winther
Conference Co-Planners

Conference Details

Oregon Labor Law Conference

Friday, January 27, 2023

Times: (pending finalization)
7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Conference
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Social Hour

Location: (pending finalization)
IBEW Local 48 Meeting Hall
15937 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR

$95 per participant

Includes: Breakfast, lunch, coffee, social hour refreshments (appetizers and drinks), and conference materials.

Note: Unlike in past years, we will not be providing all conference papers in binders. You will be provided with a folder, notepad, and copies of powerpoint presentations for sessions which you choose to attend. Complete conference materials, such as papers, sample documents, and powerpoint presentations  will be available for download. Complete conference materials will also be available on flash drives the day of the conference


2023 Oregon Labor Law Conference Agenda (to be determined)

Shown below: 2020 Agenda.

 IBEW Local 48NECA/IBEW Training
Center Auditorium
7:30-8:30 amRegistrationn/a
8:30-9:00 amOpening Conference Organizers:
Graham Trainor Oregon AFL-CIO
9:00-9:50 amKeynote Address
Kim Kelly
(Labor Journalist—Teen Vogue, The New Republic)
10:00-10:50 amEmployment
and Labor
Law Update

Rich Liebman
NLRB Under Trump
Caren Sencer
11:00-12:30 pmOffensive

Manuel Boigues
Winning Contract Campaigns
Mark Brenner
(LERC), UFCW Local 555, IUPAT Local 10
12:30-1:20 pmLunch in the Meeting Hall
with Val Hoyle, Oregon Labor Commissioner
1:30-2:20 pmOrganize
and Resist

Manuel Boigues
Weingarten Meetings
Caren Sencer
2:30-3:20 pm Access to Others’ Property
for Union Communications

Rich McCracken
Federal and Oregon Leave Laws
Liz Joffe
3:30-4:20 pm Designing, Enacting and
Defending State and Local
Labor Standards Laws

Rich McCracken
From the Arbitrator's Perspective
Arbitrator Howell Lankford
Arbitrator David Gaba
4:30-6:00 pmSocial Hourn/a

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