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 next year.

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

Conference Details

Oregon Labor Law Conference

Conference Date:
Friday, January 26, 2024


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

IBEW Local 48 Meeting Hall
15937 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR

$95 per participant

More Information:

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


2024 Oregon Labor Law Conference 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 Presentation: “Making the NLRB Work For Workers”
David Rosenfeld and Caren Sencer
10:00-10:50 amNLRB Basics
Jessica Dietz,
Officer-in-charge, NLRB Subregion 36
Oregon Employment Relations Board
Chair Adam Rhynard,
Members Shirin Khosravi and Benjamin O’Glasser
11:00-12:30 pmLabor Law For The Building & Construction Trade Unions
Daniel Hutzenbiler
Federal and Oregon Leave Laws
Liz Joffe
12:30-1:20 pmLunch with Oregon's Labor Commissioner
Comissioner Christina Stephenson
1:30-2:20 pmOffensive Bargaining (Part 1)
David Rosenfeld
Arbitration Nuts & Bolts
John Bishop

2:30-3:20 pmOffensive Bargaining (Part 2)
David Rosenfeld
Effective & Safe Union Communications
Richard McCracken
3:30-4:20 pmNLRB Elections & Organizing
Caren Sencer
Organizing through Card Check/Neutrality Agreements
Richard McCracken
4:30-6:00 pmHosted Social Hourn/a