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2018 Labor Relations Conference

Feb. 9, Radisson Hotel, Lansing
9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration and breakfast open at 8 a.m.)

Are you ready for bargaining season?  If your district has contracts that will expire this summer, now is the time to develop your game plan to ensure successful negotiations in the months to come. Join us at the 2018 Labor Relations Conference to get your jump start!

Cost: $180 per person

You will learn:

  • Current key issues in bargaining
  • Trending proposals and how to respond to them
  • Effective negotiation strategies

Smaller breakout sessions will provide you an opportunity to explore:

  • Health care
  • Merit pay
  • Bargaining
  • Salary schedules
  • And more!


8 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:55 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Program
9 a.m. American Health Care: Where Do We Go From Here?
Bob Donaldson, Employee Benefits Account Executive, SET SEG School Insurance Specialists
10 a.m. Piecing Together the Merit Pay Puzzle
Robert Schindler, Lusk Albertson, PLC
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Bargaining 101: Essential Negotiation Requirements and Issues
    Kacie Kefgen, MASB Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services
  • Preparing for Bargaining: Best Practices
    Rod Green, Ph.D., MASB Labor Relations Consultant
  • Time to Consider Interest-Based Bargaining
    Joel Gerring, MASB Assistant Legal Counsel
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  • Bargaining With Erin Data
    Kacie Kefgen, MASB Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services
  • Innovative and Alternative Salary Schedules
    John Mierz and Jerry McDowell, Whitehall District Schools
  • Understanding the Past Practice Doctrine
    Brad Banasik, MASB Legal Counsel
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Key Strategies and Issues for the 2018 Bargaining Season
Marshall Grate and Joe Urban, Clark Hill, PLC
3:30 p.m. Conclusion