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  • We have been invited to the MT Police Protective Association conference and training on Bargaining and Bargaining Strategies.

    June 19th-23rd in Billings.

    Please see THIS registration to see the detailed agenda and sign up.

    9:00 Introduction and Recent Developments in Public Safety Labor Issues

    Recent developments from around the country in the area of public safety labor relations, including:

    • A review of wage and benefit settlements over the last six months in public safety agencies.

    • Police reform legislation, and how it can impact all public safety employees.

    • The new world of social media discipline.

    • Phones, flash drives, GPS trackers, and other electronic equipment.

    • How the privacy rights of employees depend upon the circumstances.

    Will Aitchison.

    11:00 What Is Negotiable, And Why

    • What are the sorts of wages, hours, and working conditions that are mandatory for bargaining?

    • The difference between bargaining over an employer’s decision and bargaining over the impacts of the decision.

    • Hot negotiations issues: including equipment such as GPS systems and body cameras, workplace safety, staffing, communicable disease policies, health care, work schedules, etc.

    Will Aitchison.

    12:00 Lunch

    1:00 Past Practice, Management Rights, And Maintaining The Status Quo

    • How something becomes a “past practice,” and the significance of a past practice.

    • How the obligation to bargain over mandatory subjects of bargaining can limit an employer’s ability to make changes in past practices.

    • The process by which mid-term bargaining occurs and is resolved.

    • Management rights and maintenance of benefits clauses: how do they work and how are they related?

    Will Aitchison.

    3:00 Bargaining in Today’s Economic Environment: Trends and Basic Principles

    • A review of national economic projections, including projections for the Consumer Price Index and other national indices that impact an employer’s ability to pay.

    • Current projections for increases in medical costs.

    • The different strategies taken by public safety employers and unions in bargaining in difficult times.

    Will Aitchison.

    4:00 Adjournment

    Montana Police Protective Association

    Montana Chiefs of Police

    2023 Detailed Training Agenda

    June 20-22, 2023

    Wednesday, June 21, 2023

    9:00 The Nuts & Bolts of Bargaining, Bargaining Strategies, And Media Relations

    A thorough discussion of the mechanics of collective bargaining.

    • Preparing and maintaining a bargaining strategy.

    • Keeping a contract notebook.

    • Preparing for the meet-and-confer process.

    • The composition of the bargaining team and the roles played by different bargaining team members.

    • Selecting comparable jurisdictions and total compensation analysis, including cost of living, workload and productivity, local labor markets, cross-classification analysis, and other topics which are raised in an assessment of wages and benefits.

    • How one goes about proving bargaining history.

    • The significance of a tentative agreement.

    • The different types of bargaining concessions that are occurring, including furloughs, retirement adjustments, wage freezes and reductions, and health insurance changes.

    • Non-economic benefits in exchange for economic concessions. Is the traditional structure still in place?

    • Dealing with constituencies – union members and elected officials – during difficult economic times.

    • The increased focus on politics and media relations, and the implications of getting the public involved in the bargaining discussion.

    Jonathan Downes and Rick Poulson.

    12:00 Lunch

    1:00 The Nuts & Bolts of Bargaining, continued from morning session.

    4:00 Adjournment

    Thursday, June 22, 2023

    8:30 When You Can't Get a Deal; What You Need to Know About Interest Arbitration

    • What is Interest Arbitration and/or Factfinding?

    • How does the process work?

    • How do arbitrators make their decisions?

    • How do I prepare for Arbitration/Factfinding?

    • Strategies you need to know

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