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).

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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.

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.

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).

Refine Your Practice at the NWLERA Conference

Need another great reason to attend the Northwest Chapter of LERA’s 43rd Annual Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference?

Reason Number 2: Skill Refinement, 1-2-3.
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  • 1 keynote, 2 plenary sessions, 3 concurrent sessions (with 15 workshops)
  • Learn from local experts and agencies on current issues and trends
  • Expand your knowledge through valuable panel discussions and keynote presentations
  • Explore best practices and skill building in smaller group sessions

=  Ample opportunity to hone your skills on issues that matter

April 16-17, 2020 | Seattle, WA

Network at the 43rd Annual Conference!

At NWLERA, we can think of 10 great reasons to attend the 43rd Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference!

Number 1: Networking.

Our annual conference brings together 450+ people who share an interest in labor-employment relations. Attendees come from across the state, and we draw from Alaska and other far-reaching states as well. Networking refines interpersonal skills, and provides opportunities to share similar circumstances and learn new approaches. And it builds your confidence as a professional. Grow and diversify your network; register today!

43rd Collective Bargaining and Arbitration Conference

April 16–17, 2020 | Seattle, WA

Meierding Returns to Deliver the 2020 Keynote

The Northwest Chapter of LERA is pleased to announce that Nina Meierding, MS, JD will return to our annual conference next April in Seattle.

Conference registration will be available in late winter. The room block at the Westin Hotel is now open.

Visit our conference page for the latest details and important links.

Read Nina’s bio.