Public Safety Union Leadership

January 29-31, 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Las Vegas




    Wednesday, January 29, 2020

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

    Recent developments from around the country in the area of public safety labor relations. Basic principles regarding the law and public safety unions, including the source of union rights and responsibilities.

    Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP;
    Executive Director, LRIS.

    10:00 The Post-Janus World

    • What is the Janus decision, what did it hold, and why?
    • Janus as an ongoing political effort. Post-Janus efforts by the Freedom Foundation, Americans for Progress, and Mackinac Center to convince public union members to quit their unions and to harm unions financially.
    • In the absence of legislative changes, what are the confines of a union’s duty of fair representation to non-members?
    • What isn’t flexible under Janus without statutory changes; the duty to represent non-members in negotiations.
    • Amending bargaining statutes to entirely except non-members from the duty of fair representation.
    • What is flexible under Janus, perhaps even without statutory changes; a pay-to-play system for grievance and disciplinary representation.
    • Sample pay-to-play systems.
    • Control of precedent if non-members have access to the grievance procedure.
    • Dealing with the non-member who, facing disciplinary action, wants to join the union.
    • Post-Janus union messaging to members.
    • The need to rewrite labor contracts and bylaws to accommodate Janus.

    Will Aitchison; Jeremy Conkling, President, Anchorage (AK) Police Dept. Employees Assoc. (APDEA); Angie Fraize, Vice President, APDEA; and Mike Bellamy, District Vice President, Florida Professional Firefighters.

    11:00 Basic Communication Skills Every Union Leader Needs To Master

    • Developing a communications plan.
    • Social media 101; what every union needs to do (and avoid).
    • Press releases and newspaper editorials.
    • Media interviews; what to say and what to avoid.
    • How to use press conferences to get your message out.
    • Controlling the narrative of a story through the use of social and traditional media.
    • Basic tips on public speaking.
    • Crisis communication.
    • Public outreach programs, including day-in-the-life training and videos.
    • A critique of video and other messaging by public safety unions.

    Will Aitchison, Jeremy Conkling, Angie Fraize and Mike Bellamy.

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 Basic Communication Skills Every Union Leader Needs To Master (continued)

    3:00 Walk A Mile In Our Shoes

    How to design and implement a program to educate politicians, advocacy groups, the media, and citizens in the work challenges faced by public safety employees.

    Will Aitchison, Jeremy Conkling, Angie Fraize and Mike Bellamy.

    4:00 Adjournment

    4:15 Hosted Reception

    Thursday, January 30, 2020

    9:00 Constitution And Bylaws

    • Running an effective union meeting. How often, how long, and what should be on the agenda.
    • The types of union elections, and how to avoid problems. The special consideration needed for contract ratification votes. Online balloting – does it work?
    • The different forms of membership in a union, including full members, fair share members, and associate members. What are the union’s obligations to each?
    • The duties of union officers.
    • When and how committees should be formed, and who should be appointed.

    Anil Karia, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP; Will Milam, President, Prince George’s Co. (MD) FOP Lodge 112; Gabe DeBay, President, Shoreline (WA) Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1760; and Steve Steinberg, President, Clackamas County (OR) Peace Officers’ Association.

    11:00 Finances and Fundraisers

    • Sound financial protocols – what procedures does a union need to have in place in order to safeguard the union’s funds?
    • The options for dues structures, including membership assessments and initiation fees.
    • How to research and monitor the activities of a fundraising organization.
    • Basic financial reporting to the membership – how to construct budgets and financial statements.
    • When are audits necessary?

    Anil Karia, Will Milam, Gabe DeBay and Steve Steinberg.

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 Finances and Fundraisers (continued)

    2:00 Political Activity By Public Safety Unions

    • How the Las Vegas Police Protective Association accomplished the most significant amendments to a bill of rights in years.
    • The use of social media in political efforts.
    • Mobilizing the membership on political issues.
    • Media campaigns – what works and what doesn’t work.

    Anil Karia, Will Milam, Gabe DeBay, Steve Steinberg and Steve Grammas, President, Las Vegas Police Protective Association.

    4:00 Adjournment

    Friday, January 31, 2020

    8:30 Representing A Member In A Disciplinary Interview

    • Obtaining information about the employer’s ongoing investigation.
    • The basic rules to follow to be an effective witness.
    • Counseling the member during the interview.
    • Follow-up work after the interview.
    • The tests for just cause for discipline, including progressive discipline, mitigating circumstances, and disparate treatment.
    • The Garrity and Weingarten rules and how they apply in disciplinary investigations and critical incidents.

    Will Aitchison; Barry Donelan, President, Oakland (CA) Police Officers’ Association; and Sean Burrows, President, Alameda County (CA) Firefighters, IAFF Local 55.

    11:30 Adjournment


    Will Aitchison
    Will is a founding member of the Public Safety Labor Group. Over the course of his legal career, Will has represented over 100 law enforcement labor organizations in five western states. He is a veteran of hundreds of public sector labor negotiations. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from 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 FLSA, A User’s Manual. Will is also the founder and director of Labor Relations Information System. Since its inception in 1981, LRIS has been a valuable resource for public safety labor relations. LRIS conducts labor seminars, publishes a monthly newsletter, and currently has six books in print..

    Mike Bellamy
    Mr. Bellamy is a Jacksonville native now living and working in Tallahassee, FL as a Fire Captain where he’s spent the last 20 years. Mike currently serves over 1,000 firefighters in the Florida Panhandle as a District Vice President for the Florida Professional Firefighters. He also works for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) working with labor unions throughout the Southeast. He’s a graduate of the IAFF Communications Training Academy and works with local unions almost daily to help improve their communications strategies. Mike has vast experience working in politics, labor relations, and organizing but his passion is communications. His experience in communications includes television, social and traditional media, strategic campaigns, and podcasting. Mike’s work has influenced firefighter legislation, improved public safety and strengthened working conditions for firefighters.

    Sean Burrows
    Mr. Burrows has been the President of the Alameda County Firefighters, IAFF Local 55 since April 2014. He has over 16 years of union leadership experience including being part of the negotiation team and dealing with member investigations and discipline. He serves on the California Professional Firefighters EMS Committee and has a leadership role in the Political Action Committee of Local 55. Mr. Burrows currently serves as a Captain with the Alameda County Fire Department and has over 23 years of professional fire service experience.

    Jeremy Conkling
    Sergeant Jeremy Conkling has been a police officer in Alaska since 2007 and during his tenure has worked Patrol, K9 and SWAT. Sergeant Conkling started as a Shop Steward for APDEA before serving three years as Vice President. Sergeant Conkling was elected President in 2018 and is also currently a law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

    Gabe DeBay
    Mr. DeBay is currently the president of the Shoreline, Washington Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1760, serving in that position since 2009. He began his career at the King County Fire District in 2003.In 2015, he completed the University of Washington School of Medicine Paramedic Training Program. He holds numerous certifications, including Fire Service Instructor I and II; Wildland Firefighter II; FEMA Planning Section Chief; Nationally Registered Paramedic; Basic Public Information Officer; and Hazardous Materials Operations.

    Barry Donelan
    Mr. Donelan is currently President of the Oakland Police Officers’ Association. He has served on his association’s board and bargaining team since 2006. He represents police associations throughout Northern California on the Peace Officer Research Association of California (PORAC) Board and Executive Committee. In addition, he serves as one of five PORAC Legal Defense Fund Trustees. He has represented Oakland Police Officers in disciplinary proceedings for over a decade. Mr. Donelan has been with the Oakland Police Department for over20 years.

    Angelina Fraize

    Angelina Fraize is a Police Officer with the Anchorage Police Department in Alaska and is currently assigned to the Background and Recruiting Unit. Angie has been in law enforcement for 17 years including her time as a Probation Officer for the State of Alaska. While at APD, Angie has worked as a Swing Shift Patrol Officer, Academy Instructor and a Firearms Instructor. She is the current Vice President of the APDEA and is the President and co-founder of Anchorage Cops for Community, which is the non-profit arm of the APDEA. Angie is a passionate advocate for humanizing police officers and connecting them in a positive way to the communities they serve.

    Steve Grammas
    Mr. Grammas is the current president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association. He was raised in Las Vegas and was hired as a cadet right out of high school. During his career, Steve has been involved in almost every area of law enforcement. He received training in Instructor Development and became a Master ODV instructor and taught classes at the Academy as well as conducting in-service trainings. In 2013, Steve took a position on the PPA board of directors and transferred full time to the PPA executive board the following year. Since being on the board, Steve responds to officer involved shootings and other callouts as well as attends CIRT, FIT and IAB interviews with PPA members. Steve serves on several committees, takes part in the Use of Force Board process and has attended Accident Review Boards where he also assists members of the PPA.

    Anil Karia
    Mr. Karia is a founding member of the Public Safety Labor Group in Portland, OR. He has been practicing union side labor law since 2009. He specializes in representing law enforcement associations and guilds in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska in all aspects of their labor relations, including day-to-day counsel, negotiations, arbitrations, unfair labor practice proceedings, civil litigation, and critical incident response. He is general counsel for police association and guilds of all sizes, including the Portland Police Association. He has bargained many labor agreements and has participated in numerous arbitrations on their behalf. Anil is a frequent speaker for the Labor Relations Information System (LRIS), University of Oregon LERC program, the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), and the Oregon Labor Law College. He graduated from Reed College in 1999 and obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2006.

    William Milam
    Mr. Milam is currently in his fifth term as President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 112 (Prince George’s County, Maryland Sheriff.) In his capacity as President, Will oversees all union business, serves as the chief labor negotiator, and is the chairman of the legislative committee. A 17-year law enforcement veteran, he has served on the Executive Board for two local lodges of the Fraternal Order of Police.

    Steve Steinberg
    Steve Steinberg is the President of the Clackamas County Peace Officers’ Association (CCPOA), which represents nearly 500 members in four law enforcement agencies. Steve is also a Sergeant assigned to the Patrol Division with the Clackamas County (OR) Sheriff’s Office, where he has been since 2001. Prior to that, he was a deputy with the Benton County (OR) Sheriff’s Office for eight years. For the last 12 years, Steve has played an active role in union leadership in the CCPOA. Since 2007, Steve has supported the nearly 500-member association as a shop steward and then as a vice president. In 2013, Steve was appointed President. During his tenure, he has successfully negotiated six collective bargaining agreements. Steve has extensively represented his members during internal affairs investigations, mediation, and arbitration. As Chief Financial Officer of the Union, he co-chairs the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Independent Retiree Medical Trust, which provides post-employment medical coverage to retired union members. Additionally, he is Chairman of the local Political Action Committee and sits on a state-wide lobbying group that advocates for law enforcement specific issues.


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