Start

January 31, 2024, 9:00 am

End

February 2, 2024, 11:30 am

Location

The Horseshoe Las Vegas, Nevada

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024

9:00 Introduction And Recent Developments

Recent developments from around the country in public safety labor relations, including:

  • Review of recent wage and benefit settlements/trends in public safety agencies.
  • The impact of inflation and recruiting/retention challenges on public safety bargaining.
  • The impact of evolving public attitudes toward policing and the related impact on all public safety employees.
  • The increased use of artificial intelligence in law enforcement agencies, and related risks to officer privacy and disciplinary protections.
  • Cell phones, flash drives, GPS trackers, and other electronic equipment – the privacy rights of public safety employees.

Richard Poulson, Attorney at Law, Partner, Willig, Williams & Davidson and Executive Director, LRIS.

11:00 A Union’s Constitution And Bylaws

A public safety union’s bylaws amount to a contract with its membership. The panel consists of an experienced law enforcement and fire union presidents, who will discuss topics such as:

  • 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. On-line balloting – does it work?
  • The different forms of membership in a union – including full members and associate members – and what the union’s obligations are to each.
  • The duties of union officers.
  • When and how committees should be formed, and who should be appointed to the committees.

Will Aitchison; Will Milam, First Vice President of the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police and Assistant Sheriff in Prince George’s County, Maryland; and Bob Brooks, President, Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.

12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 Constitutions And Bylaws (continued)

2:00 Finances And Fundraising

A wide-ranging discussion of the finances of a labor organization:

  • 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.
  • Should a public safety union have outside fundraisers? If so, how to research and monitor the activities of a fundraiser.
  • Basic financial reporting to the membership – how to construct budgets and financial statements.
  • When are audits necessary?

Will Aitchison; Will Milam; Bob Brooks; and Derek Hsieh, Executive Director, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.

4:00 Adjournment

4:15 Hosted Reception

Thursday, February 1, 2024

9:00 Collective Bargaining

A top-level view of key bargaining issues facing public safety employees.

  • National trends on wage and benefit settlement for public safety employees.
  • The evolution and future of police/fire parity.
  • Bargaining in the sunshine: how does it work?
  • The impact of public participation in the ratification process.
  • What’s negotiable and what’s not – trends in scope of bargaining issues.

Anil Karia, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group and Assistant Executive Director, LRIS; Derek Hsieh, Executive Director, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs; and Mike Bellamy, District Vice President, Florida Professional Firefighters.

11:00 Communication Skills And Political Activity

  • 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 using social and traditional media. 
  • Public outreach programs, including day-in-the-life training and videos.
  • Crisis communication.
  • A critique of video and other messaging by public safety unions
  • 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. 
  • The increasing need for public safety unions to have an effective and positive political presence.
  • Mobilizing the membership on political issues.

Anil Karia; Derek Hsieh; Mike Bellamy; and Barry Donelan, President, Oakland Police Officers Association.

12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 Communication Skills And Political Activity (continued)

4:00 Adjournment

Friday, February 2, 2024

8:30 Representing A Member In A Disciplinary Interview

A review of how to prepare a member for 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.

Thomas Gribbin, Attorney at Law, Partner, Willig, Williams & Davidson and Executive Director, LRIS; Barry Donelan; and Sean Burrows, President, Alameda County (CA) Firefighters, IAFF Local 55.

11:30 Adjournment

Will Aitchison

Will Aitchison

Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group and Founder, LRIS.

Will Aitchison

Mr. Aitchison 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 (8th 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, publishes mobile apps, and currently has six books in print.
Mike Bellemy

Mike Bellamy

Mike Bellamy, District Vice President, Florida Professional Firefighters.

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.
Robert Brooks

Robert Brooks

President, Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association.

Robert Brooks

Prior to being elected President, Bob served the Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association as the Eastern Vice President and Northeast District Field Service Representative. He has been a firefighter with the City of Bethlehem, where he has worn many hats since February of 2005. A proud member of Local 735 where he has held the positions of President, Secretary, Vice President, Trustee and Roster Duty Chairman. Bob has considerable experience in dealing with contract negotiations, arbitrations/mediations, safety concerns, healthcare, Heart & Lung panels, disciplinary hearings, political and legislative aspects.
Sean Burrows

Sean Burrows

Sean Burrows, President, Alameda County (CA) Firefighters, IAFF Local 55.

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.
Barry Donelan

Barry Donelan

President, Oakland Police Officers Association.

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 over 20 years.
Tom Gribbin

Thomas Gribbin

Attorney at Law, Willig, Williams & Davidson.

Thomas Gribbin

Mr. Gribbin focuses his practice on the representation of private and public sector labor unions and individual employees. Included among his clients are police, firefighters, and correctional officers. He regularly advocates for clients in grievance and interest arbitrations, mediation, administrative proceedings and before state and federal courts. Tom has a long history of representing clients before the Philadelphia Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He also appears before the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) in New Jersey and the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) in Delaware. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Duquesne University School of Law.
Derek Hsieh

Derek Hsieh

Executive Director, Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.

Derek Hsieh

Mr. Hsieh is currently the Executive Director for the Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS). ALADS represents approximately 8,000 sworn Deputy Sheriff’s and District Attorney Investigators. Through 25 employees and a network of contracted professionals, ALADS provides union representation, charity support, legal defense, and other services for its membership. Before joining ALADS, Derek served with the Anchorage Police Department (APD). Derek was a patrol sergeant with the Anchorage Police Department with over 20 years’ experience. Derek also served as the full-time President of the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association (APDEA) for three terms after serving on the union’s board of trustees for over a decade.

Anil Karia

Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP.

Anil Karia

Mr. Karia is a founding member of Public Safety Labor Group. Anil 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 associations and guilds of all sizes, including the Portland Police Association. Anil graduated from Reed College in Portland and obtained his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2006.

William Milam

First Vice President of the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police and Assistant Sheriff in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

William Milam

Mr. Milam is currently an Assistant Sheriff in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Prior to assuming that role in 2022, he served nine years as President of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 112 (Prince George’s County, Maryland Sheriff), where he oversaw all union business, served as the chief labor negotiator, and was the chairman of the legislative committee. A 20-year law enforcement veteran, he also serves as First Vice President of the Maryland State Fraternal Order of Police.
Richard Poulson

Richard G. Poulson

Attorney at Law, Willig, Williams & Davidson.

Richard G. Poulson

Mr. Poulson has been representing labor unions for his entire career, representing union clients in collective bargaining, interest and grievance arbitration and employment-related litigation. He is a partner with the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania firm of Willig, Williams & Davidson, where he focuses on advising and representing police, fire, paramedic and other uniformed employees regarding municipal affairs and public employment. He earned his B.A. from La Salle University (1992) and his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law (1997).

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3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $79 per night, plus taxes and fees. A limited number of rooms are available on Friday and Saturday night for $119, so book early if you plan to stay over the weekend. Call (877) 603-4390 with group code SBPUB4.

 

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Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $179 per night, plus taxes and fees. A limited number of rooms are available on Friday and Saturday night for $209, so book early if you plan to stay over the weekend.

Registration fees are $900 per person; $750 per person if three or more attend from the same organization. 

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.

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 Running A Public Safety Union, by Rob Heun, and will receive a link to a PDF version of the materials containing extensive information about each of the subjects addressed.

Seminar handouts will be available for download one week prior to the seminar. If you supplied an email address at the time of registering for the seminar, you will receive an email with reminders and a link to the handouts. If you did not supply an email address, contact LRIS at Claire@LRIS.com to add your email to your registration information.

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 Claire@LRIS.com 30 days prior to the seminar.

If you require MCLE certification from any state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at Claire@LRIS.com 30 days prior to the seminar.

We do not have a dress code, but suggest attendees wear business casual clothing.

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