LRIS 2019 Collective Bargaining Semianr

April 10-12, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Las Vegas


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April 10, 2019

9:00 am – Introduction And Recent Developments In Law Enforcement Labor Issues

Recent developments from around the country in the area of public safety labor relations, including a review of pending or recent changes in state public sector bargaining laws.

Will Aitchison.

10:00 am – Life In The Post-Janus World

Will Aitchison.

11:00 am – What Is Negotiable, And Why

Will Aitchison.

12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 pm – Past Practice, Management Rights, And Maintaining The Status Quo

Will Aitchison.

2:30 pm – Bargaining In Today’s Economic Environment: Trends And Basic Principles

Will Aitchison.

4:00 pm – Adjournment

4:15 pm – Hosted Reception

April 11, 2019

9:00 am – The Nuts & Bolts Of Bargaining, Bargaining Strategies, And Media Relations

A thorough discussion of the mechanics of collective bargaining.

Jonathan Downes and Rob Wexler.

12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 pm – The Nuts & Bolts Of Bargaining (continued)

4:00 pm – Adjournment

April 12, 2019

8:30 am – How Arbitrators Analyze Ability To Pay Issues

Dave Gaba

11:30 am – Adjournment

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Hotel And Travel

The Flamingo Las Vegas
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-733-3111 • 800-732-2111


LINQ Hotel
(adjacent to The Flamingo)
3535 Las Vegas Blvd South
(702) 733-3111 • (888) 373-9855

To make arrangements online, visit There is a $15 fee for telephone reservations. For the Flamingo, use Group Code SFCOB9. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $63 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $150 plus resort fee and tax. For the Linq, use Group Code SQCOL9. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $65 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $150 plus resort fee and tax.

A limited number of rooms are available at these rates on Friday and Saturday nights, so book early if you plan to stay over. Reservations must be made by March 18, 2019. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate. Because of the heavy tourist activity in Las Vegas any time of the year, be sure to make your reservations before March 18.

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Will Aitchison
Mr. Aitchison is a Portland, OR attorney who has, over the course of his career, represented over 100 law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations in five western states. He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and is the author of several books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (7th Edition), and The Rights of Firefighters (4th Edition).

Jonathan Downes
Mr. Downes is an Ohio attorney with Zashin & Rish, a firm exclusively representing employers in the identification and resolution of legal issues arising from all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University and is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a Specialist in Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Downes has extensive experience in collective bargaining, arbitration, litigation, administrative matters, civil rights, and civil service law. He served on the Civil Service Review Commission for the State of Ohio. He authored “Civil Service Law in Ohio” and edits the annual publication of the Ohio Civil Service and Collective Bargaining Laws Annotated.  

Dave Gaba
Mr. Gaba has been a labor arbitrator for more than a decade and is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and received his Juris Doctorate from the College of Law in 1984 and his MBA in 1987. With more than 25 years of labor and employment law experience, he has represented both labor and management. He is currently a partner at Compass Law Group, where he practices securities law when he is not hearing labor arbitrations.

Rob WexlerRob Wexler
Mr. Wexler is a partner in the California law firm Rains Lucia Stern. For over 20 years he has represented labor associations and their members on all matters relating to contract negotiations, grievances, disciplinary investigations, wage and hour claims, disability rights, and retirement matters. He is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law.

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P.O.S.T. Certification
Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) credits may be available on a state-by-state basis. If you would like information on your state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or prior to the seminar.

Continuing Legal Education certification
LRIS has been approved as a CLE provider by the State Bar of California. This program will qualify for 12.5 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. If you require certification from any other state, please call Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 prior to the seminar.


Registration fees are $795 per person; $645 per person if three or more attend from the same organization. Registration fees include attendance, lunch on the first two days of the seminar, all seminar materials, and a hospitality reception on the first evening.


Each attendee will receive a copy of Public Sector Collective Bargaining, by Will Aitchison, and a notebook containing extensive written materials pertaining to each of the subject addressed.


Reservations may be canceled up to ten days prior to the seminar with a full refund. Cancellations made within ten days are subject to a $150 fee. Substitutions may be made at any time.