Academy 1: The Foundation of Labor Relations

Beaverton, OR 97005 United States
Patricia Reser Center for the Arts
The Reser
Thursday, November 16, 2023 (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM) (PST)
Event Details

Academy I: The Foundation of Labor Relations Academy I provides participants with the resources to achieve a better understanding of the basic principles and practices of labor relations. Through lively workshops and interactive exercises, participants sharpen their knowledge of "The Duty to Bargain", "Good Faith Bargaining", "The Scope of Bargaining", "The Profile of an Excellent Negotiator", and writing important contract clauses. Participants will be given tools to assist them in preparing and organizing for bargaining and also enforcing and administering the resulting collective bargaining agreement. An overview of comparative negotiating processes illustrates various approaches to bargaining and tips for success.


 Erik M. Laiho, Partner - Fisher Phillips

Erik Laiho advises a range of private and public sector employers in optimizing their labor relations functions. He has extensive experience helping employers deal with union organizing campaigns, respond to unlawful labor practice charges, and in labor arbitrations stemming from collective bargaining agreements.

Erik appreciates that, in many instances, intentional, strategic actions can prevent issues before they arise. He knows that the legal landscape around labor relations is more fluid than other aspects of the law, and that each client engagement is unique. Erik thrives in environments where clients’ particular business objectives can be used to design and deploy creative solutions that satisfy both management and employees.

When preventative measures are not enough, Erik’s understanding of the interplay between leave laws, employee benefits, bargaining, discipline, discharge, and litigation creates leverage that powers successful outcomes. He has more than 13 years of experience in state and federal courts, arbitrations, administrative agency proceedings and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Beyond his labor relations practice, Erik defends large corporations, local businesses and individuals against allegations of employee misclassification, wage and hour violations, breach of non-competition agreements, safety violations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. He also has experience handling benefits claims, leave law issues, and employee disciplinary matters.

Before joining Fisher Phillips, Erik was a partner in the Seattle office of a management-side labor and employment law firm serving the Pacific Northwest.

Jenna Richardson, MSHR, CLRP, SPHR, & SHRM-SCP, Human Resources & Risk Manager - Metro Parks Tacoma

Jenna Richardson is the Human Resources & Risk Manager for the Metropolitan Parks District of Tacoma. She has served in public sector Human Resources and Labor Relations positions at the state, local, and special purpose district level for over 21 years.

In her current role, Jenna leads provides Human Resources, Labor Relations and Risk Management for Metro Parks Tacoma (a special purpose district with a complicated park system throughout the City of Tacoma that also includes a AZA certified zoo and wild animal park) serving over 1,000 employees. She plans, organizes, and leads the operations and department staff to serve both the interests of management team, the district’s employees and the community as whole. She will serve as the lead labor negotiator with the district’s general employees union, which include positions from Parks Technician to Animal Keeper. In her previous role, she was the Human Resources Manager for the City of Bonney Lake, WA where she was employed for 16 years and oversaw all aspects of the Human Resources and Labor Relations functions. She served as the lead negotiator for the City’s management team and negotiated with the City’s three unions.

She received her Master of Science in Human Resources from Chapman University and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Social Work from the University of South Carolina. Jenna also holds the designation of Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and SHRM – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM -SCP).

Additional Information
Event Contact:
Kelsia Buxton
Contact Organization:
National PELRA
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