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2017 Labor Relations Conference

Feb. 24, 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 2017 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:

  • Mediation and fact finding
  • Negotiating from a deficit to a fund balance
  • Employment law requirements
  • And more!


8 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:55 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Program
9 a.m. School Heath Insurance Update: Critical Issues for 2017
Bob Donaldson, Employee Benefits Account Executive and Jessica Straub, Client Support Manager, Employee Benefit Services, SET SEG School Insurance Specialists
10 a.m. Avoiding Grievances and ULPs With Clear and Effective Contract Language
Raymond Davis and Timothy Gardner, Thrun Law Firm, PC
11 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions:
  • Using the ERIN Tool for Better Bargaining
    Kacie Kefgen, MASB Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services
  • Negotiating From a Deficit to a Fund Balance
    Rod Green, Ph.D., MASB Labor Relations Consultant
  • Tenure Act Update: Important Recent Decisions From the Tenure Commission
    Brad Banasik, MASB Legal Counsel
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions
  • Mediation and Fact Finding: Invoking a Third Party in Contract Bargaining
    Joel Gerring, MASB Assistant Legal Counsel
  • Employment Law Requirements Every School Official Should Know
    Brad Banasik, MASB Legal Counsel
  • Update on Michigan Employment Relations Commission Cases
    Kacie Kefgen, MASB Assistant Director of Labor Relations and Legal Services
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Ready, Set, Bargain! Preparing and Strategizing for the New Bargaining Season
Robert Schindler, Lusk Albertson, PLC
3:30 p.m. Conclusion

Generously Sponsored by:

Dean Transportation SET SEG School Insurance Specialists