2024 COLERA Annual Meeting

When

May 21, 2024    
11:30 am - 3:00 pm

Bookings

Bookings closed

Where

State Library
274 E. First Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43201
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2024 COLERA Annual Meeting

Please join us for networking, lunch, and latest updates in labor and employment relations issues.

Timeline

11:30 am – Registration and Lunch

12:30 pm – Session 1

1:30 pm – Officers’ Report

1:50 pm – Break

2 pm – Session 2

3 pm – Happy Hour


Session 1

Strategic Decision-Making in the Public Sector

 This will be a presentation regarding trends related to day-to-day operations in the public sector, how to handle challenges inherent to the public sector, how to develop strong relationships between management and their bargaining unit employees, and the role of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in today’s environment.

Speaker

We are pleased to welcome:

Valerie Lemmie – As the Director of Exploratory Research at Kettering Foundation, Ms. Lemmie identifies, designs, supervises, and reports on practical research regarding community development. Leveraging her vast network of leaders in schools, hospitals, universities, municipal governments, law enforcement, and civic organizations, she skillfully guides her colleagues in cross-sector initiatives that address shared community issues. Ms. Lemmie is a distinguished leader with over 35 years of experience leading research, best practice development, and innovation within communities across the United States. She is focused on designing, implementing, and improving models for community building, resulting in places where all individuals want to belong, work, and live. Over the past eight years, Ms. Lemmie has helped over 300 innovative leaders and institutions to build responsive communities of engaged citizens. She also amplifies this research and innovation using Kettering’s platform and her prominent position in national forums, inspiring leaders worldwide to rethink their approach to local government and civic society. Ms. Lemmie’s distinguished career is underpinned by rigorous training and education at Harvard University and the University of Virginia, where she completed Senior Executive Programs. She also holds a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs from Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Missouri.

Program Details

Ms. Lemmie will discuss day-to-day operations of management in the public sector, particularly at the municipal level, (such as managing city services and resources as well as implementing sound fiscal decisions). She will also discuss strategies for handling challenges inherent to public sector management (such as employing new management methods, developing human resources management and training programs, and analyzing the needs and resources of the community). In addition, she will discuss best practices in developing strong working relationships with bargaining units (unions) in order to ensure that all decisions made take into account the needs of the workforce as well as the obligation of the municipality to provide much needed services to the residents of the municipality (such as ensuring cultural diversity in the workplace and improving police and community relations). Finally, she will discuss the role of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission in today’s environment.


Session 2

2022 Contract Negotiations and Strike Between the Columbus City Schools (CCS) and the Columbus Education Association (CEA)

2 – 3 pm

Our speakers will discuss the timeline of events including a description of how beginning in March of 2022, and lasting through early August of the same year, the Columbus City Schools met with the Columbus Education Association bargaining team a total of 21 times in efforts for the parties to reach an agreement to changes in the CCS/CEA contract. They will also discuss topics which the parties were able to resolve through the bargaining meetings prior to the issuance of the strike notice, including matters such as updates to discipline and grievance procedures, a review of LOA’s to determine current relevance, education reimbursement and stipends, lesson plans, report cards, curriculum standards, paid family leave, personal leave, IEP’s, and school day hours. The speakers will also discuss the strike, and topics which were resolved after the strike began, including matters such as subcontracting, climate-controlled spaces, class size limits, a school transformation pilot plan, unified arts teachers, meeting scheduling, and salaries. Finally, they will also cover the terms of the return-to-work agreement which assisted the employer and the employees in a smooth transition back into the classroom.

Speakers

We are pleased to welcome:

John Dean – Mr. Dean is currently the Executive Director of Labor Management & Employee Relations for Columbus City Schools (CCS). He has a total of 20 years of public sector collective bargaining experience, and spent the first 15 years of his career with the State of Ohio. In his time with the State of Ohio, Mr. Dean held positions varying from Legal Intern to Human Resources Director, and worked with the Office of Collective Bargaining, the Industrial Commission, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Office of Budget and Management, the Department of Medicaid, and the Department of Commerce. Mr. Dean joined CCS in July of 2019 as the Director of Employee Relations. He has extensive experience administering collective bargaining agreements and has been a part of CCS’s bargaining teams for the Columbus Education Association, Ohio Education Association/National Education Association (OEA/NEA), Columbus School Employee Association, Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE), and OAPSE, Local 581 (Safety and Security) contracts, along with the State of Ohio’s bargaining teams for the Ohio State Troopers Association (OSTA) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) contracts. Mr. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from Otterbein College and a juris doctor from Capital University Law School.

John Coneglio – Mr. Coneglio is currently the President of the Columbus Education Association (CEA), and he has been an Ohio Education Association (OEA) delegate since 2002 and an National Education Association (NEA) delegate since 2008. He was elected President of CEA in the spring of 2018. Mr. Coneglio has also had personal experience with the Columbus Education Association’s employee assistance. Specifically, in 2002, when his high school principal was unwilling to address a problem, Mr. Coneglio called upon his training as a Union Faculty Representative to address the situation. Understanding the contract, and knowing that his union would assist him in the dispute, made a huge difference in how he was able to resolve the matter. Mr. Coneglio was also involved with the anti-Senate Bill 5 campaign as one of the OEA’s “Top 250” signature gatherers who helped get the issue on the ballot. He also worked their phone banks and joined demonstrators on the matter at the Ohio Statehouse. He has long recognized the difficulties his colleagues face as legislators have made changes with education policy in our state and as CCS struggles to regain the trust of taxpayers, and he has lobbied accordingly at the Statehouse on behalf of teachers and students. Mr. Coneglio lives in Clinton Township with his wife, Michelle, who is a kindergarten teacher at Clinton Elementary School, their two daughters, and “our dog who recently ate my camera.” He loves backpacking, camping, and watching the Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns. He has also served as a Clinton Township Trustee.

Phil Hayes – In 2001, Phil Hayes “put his name in the hat” to fill a Faculty Representative position at Brookhaven High School. Soon his work changed from attending a few meetings a month into a full-time position with the union. In his work with the union, Mr. Hayes served as a committee chair, a member of the bargaining team, and a delegate to the National Education Association (NEA) and Ohio Education Association (OEA) assemblies. Mr. Hayes was also the first classroom teacher to testify against Senate Bill 5, and he has strong memories of those days, and he put his computer skills to work as the Columbus Education Associations (CEA) electronic outreach coordinator. Today, the central Ohio native is getting ready to serve his second term as CEA Vice President. Prior to his work for the union, Mr. Hayes taught social studies for 14 years in classroom 18. He was also Brookhaven’s Teacher of the Year for the 2001-2002 school year. Mr. Hayes says his most important task is a simple and important one: “To represent the members to the best of my ability and to support the President of the CEA.”

Program Details

The speakers will discuss the timeline of events including a description of how beginning in March of 2022, and lasting through early August of the same year, the Columbus City Schools met with the Columbus Education Association bargaining team a total of 21 times in efforts for the parties to reach an agreement to changes in the CCS/CEA contract. They will also discuss topics which the parties were able to resolve through the bargaining meetings prior to the issuance of the strike notice, including matters such as updates to discipline and grievance procedures, a review of LOA’s to determine current relevance, education reimbursement and stipends, lesson plans, report cards, curriculum standards, paid family leave, personal leave, IEP’s, and school day hours. The speakers will also discuss the strike, and topics which were resolved after the strike began, including matters such as subcontracting, climate-controlled spaces, class size limits, a school transformation pilot plan, unified arts teachers, meeting scheduling, and salaries. Finally, they will also cover the terms of the return-to-work agreement which assisted the employer and the employees in a smooth transition back into the classroom.


Pricing/Registration

Tickets are $25 for COLERA members and $30 for non-members and walk-ins.

Bookings

Bookings are closed for this event.