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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
1:00 The Nuts & Bolts of Bargaining, continued from morning session.
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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Updated: Jun. 04 (12:06)
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