Conference registration now open!

The 45th collective bargaining and arbitration conference website is now open for registration!

Register today to be part of this exciting two-day workshop. Follow the registration link for the full agenda and this year’s slate of speakers.

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Save the Dates! April 21-22, 2022, NWLERA Annual Conference

Please join the Northwest Chapter of LERA for our next virtual conference, April 21-22, 2022. CLE, SHRM, and HRCI credits will be available.

We are pleased to announce our esteemed keynote speaker will be William B. Gould IV, Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Stanford Law School and former Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (1994-1998). His most recent book is A Primer on American Labor Law (6th edition. 2019).

Registration will open in early 2022 and accessible through our web site and social media. Registration fees will be $65 (early bird), and $80 for late registration (dates TBD).

Follow us and find updates on Facebook, Twitter, and on our website: NWCHAPTERLERA.ORG

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The Northwest Chapter of LERA conference is sponsored by the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Elizabeth Gao, UW Class of 2023, Receives NWLERA Scholarship for 2021-22 Academic Year

Congratulations to Elizabeth Gao, our most most recent scholarship award winner! Gao is is working on a double major in sociology, and in law, societies, and justice at the University of Washington.

A senior community organizer for the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco wrote in support of Gao that she is a “grounded, introspective, genuine, and courageous leader and activist.”

Much of Gao’s community work has focused on social and racial justice, and gaining mental health resources for youth. In summer 2020, Gao was a Seeding Change Eva Lowe Fellow–a national program for growing alliances and positive social movement within the Asian American community at a grassroots level to improve lives for low-income families, immigrants, and people of color.

For more information on the scholarship, check out our scholarship page or visit the UW web site page at

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.

Thursday, Session 1Image of boat floating over water illusion

  •  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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