The clock is ticking…the discounted rate ends TODAY. Register now.

NWLERA’s annual collective bargaining and arbitration conference will convene virtually on April 22-23, 2021. Rates go up April 3–register today!

What floats your boat?

What floats your boat?

Check out this year’s workshop topics!

April 22-23, 2021 | | Register today—rates increase April 3.

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  •  PERC Updates
  • LGBTQ Rights in the Workplace: Best Practices
  • Progressive Discipline in the Workplace
  • You’re on Mute! Labor Relations Learned after a Year of the Pandemic.

Thursday, Session 2

  • Words Matter: Time to Clean Up Your (CBA) Language
  • Negotiating Our Differences: Bargaining Styles
  • FMCS Updates
  • To Affinity and Beyond (a fresh approach for collaborative bargaining)

Friday, Session 1

  • Grievance Arbitration as a Means to Repair the World
  • History of Racism and Anti-Racism in the Union Movement
  • Geeking Out about Negotiations
  • Police Reform: The Pros and Cons of Transparency Legislation

Friday, Session 2

  • Tit for Tat: Give What You Get, and Get What You Give
  • Interest Arbitration: Lessons Learned
  • May You Lawyer in Interesting Times: Navigating Conflicts of Conscience (Ethics)
  • What Bias Monsters Are Lurking in Your Closet?

Check out our full agenda on the registration web site!

Register today—rates increase April 3.

Register today for NWLERA’s 44th Conference!

44th Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference

April 22-23, 2021 | REGISTER NOW

We are going virtual in 2021 — attend the conference wherever you are located and at a discounted rate!

Engaging and knowledgeable speakers will examine and share on topics critical to your work in labor-employment relations:

  • Over 25 speakers and panelists in keynote, plenary, and concurrent workshop sessions
  • Session topics include understanding and moving beyond impasse, agency updates, LGBTQ rights in the workplace, progressive discipline, changes to bargaining during the pandemic, CBA language refinement, bargaining styles, the affinity process — and that’s just day one!
  • Registration fees for this year are $60 if you register by April 16, $75 after that date. At this rate, you can bring your whole team!

Visit the registration website today to review the agenda, check our great speakers, and plan out your session schedule:

We look forward to seeing you!

The NWLERA Planning Committee

2021 NWLERA Planning Committee

Save the date! April 22-23, 2021 | Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference

It’s the conference you’ve been waiting for! SAVE THE DATE!


April 22-23, 2021 | NW Chapter LERA
Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference

The 2021 Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference will be held Thursday, April 22, and Friday, April 23, 2021.

Join the Northwest Chapter of the Labor Employment Relations Association (NWLERA) as we take our event online!

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Visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@NorthwestLERA) for details as they become available.

Presented in partnership by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC).

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Expand Your Bargaining Toolbox @ #NWLERACON

Need another reason to convince your boss to send you?

Reason Number 5: Expand Your Bargaining Toolbox

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The depth of one’s toolbox can be a great advantage at the negotiation table.

The stronger your resources, the more confidence you carry into negotiations. Who wouldn’t want that?

The NWLERA’s 43rd(!) collective bargaining and arbitration conference offers resources and strategies to meet the needs of those building their first toolbox as well as the needs of experienced negotiators wishing expand their existing skill set.

Let us help you build yours!

April 16-17, 2020 | More Information
Register soon—early bird registration ends March 23.