2020 Summary of Classes

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM



Keynote Address

(Kim Kelly, Labor Journalist- Teen Vogue, The New Republic).

Kim is one of today’s leading labor journalists, known especially for her groundbreaking column on labor issues for Teen Vogue called “No Class”. She also led the union drive at Vice. She will share her perspective on the labor movement today and how it can continue to grow its power.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM


Employment and Labor Law Update

(Rick Liebman, Barran Liebman, LLP.)

An overview of major developments in case law that apply to Union members.

NLRB Under Trump

(Caren Sencer, Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld)

Caren reviews the Trump NLRB’s assaults on labor rights, in decisions ranging from representation cases, supervisory status, access to employer facilities, and even Scabby the Rat.

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM


Offensive Bargaining

(Manuel Boigues, Attorney with Weinberg, Roger, & Rosenfeld)

Many employers give Unions short shrift in response to information requests. Others simply march toward impasse. Too often unions do not have a big-picture strategy that will assist them in their negotiations. Learn from the person who wrote the book on how to avoid impasse, prevent employers from withdrawing recognition, and achieve a fair contract. David will cover all the basics and introduce some new topics this year.

Winning Contact Campaigns

(Mark Brenner, Oregon LERC; UFCW Local 555; IUPAT Local 10)

Join Mark to learn the tactics that make an effective contract campaign. Mark will discuss these strategies with leaders from UFCW Local 555, whose creative messaging and devastating consumer boycott won a groundbreaking new grocery contract, and IUPAT Local 10, which is waging a targeted campaign that can be the model for the trades and beyond.

1:30 AM – 2:20 PM


Organize And Resist

(Manuel Boigues, Attorney with Weinberg, Roger, & Rosenfeld)

Manuel Boigues is a master of advising unions on cutting edge organizing strategies. Back by popular demand, this class will feature strategies for using First Amendment and other protections to engage in resistance and protest in the Trump Era. He will also address ways labor can pursue legislation and other strategies at the state level to challenge anti-union forces.

Weingarten Meetings

(Caren Sencer, Weinberg Roger & Rosenfeld)

Weingarten meetings are the bread and butter of union representation. Caren gives you both the law and strategy to effectively represent members in these high-stakes showdowns.

2:30 AM – 3:20 PM


Access to Others’ Property for Union Communications

(Rich McCracken, McCracken Stemerman & Holsberry)

Access is crucial for organizing new unions, conducting contract campaigns and speaking with union members on the job. Unfortunately the NLRB has launched an attack on unions’ ability to access their members. Rich will update you on recent cases about access and provide strategies for getting the access you need.

Federal and Oregon Leave Laws

(Liz Joffe, McKanna Bishop Joffe LLP)

Liz reviews the basics of federal and Oregon leave laws and new developments. Her handy reference chart for leave questions has guided union leaders for decades. If you have ever had questions about leave issues, you won’t want to miss this class.

3:30 AM – 4:20 PM


Designing, Enacting and Defending State and Local Labor Standards Laws

(Rich McCracken, McCracken Stemerman & Holsberry)

With anti-labor forces controlling the federal government, we have to use state and local labor standards laws to advance our agenda for workers. These state and local laws can address things like minimum wage, sick leave, scheduling fairness, equal pay, wage theft, misclassification, worker retention, labor peace, pre-employment inquiries and much more. Rich will teach you how to create state and local labor laws that survive legal challenges and raise standards for workers.

Arbitration: From the Arbitrator’s Perspective

(Howell Lankford, Arbitrator; David Gaba, Arbitrator)

Prominent Northwest Arbitrators Lankford and Gaba will discuss how to succeed in arbitration, and common mistakes that unions make. This session is guided by audience questions, so come prepared with yours.