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 2024.

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

Conference Details

Oregon Labor Law Conference

Conference Date:
Friday, January 26, 2024

We will begin taking registrants for 2024 in October.

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


2023 Oregon Labor Law Conference – Last Year’s 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: “Organizing in the Northwest: Struggles, Strategies, and Successes.”
Northwest Organizers Panel Discussion with Amanda Sager, Scott Oldham, Darrin Boyce & Sarah Thompson.
10:00-10:50 amNLRB
Info & Update
Jessica Dietz Office in Charge, Subregion 36
Oregon Employment Relations Board
Info & Update
Chair Adam Rhynard & Member Shirin Khosravi
11:00-12:30 pmOffensive

David Rosenfeld
Federal and Oregon Leave Laws
Liz Joffe
12:30-1:20 pmLunch with Oregon's new Labor Commissioner
with Commissioner(elect) Christina Stephenson
1:30-2:20 pmOrganize
and Resist

David Rosenfeld
Arbitration from the Arbitrators' Perspectives
Barbara Diamond and Shianne Scott
2:30-3:20 pm Secondary Campaign Theory and Techniques
Rich McCracken
The NLRB under Biden
Caren Sencer
3:30-4:20 pmSocial Media Campaigns
Rich McCracken
Armour-Globe Elections
Caren Sencer
4:30-6:00 pmHosted Social Hourn/a