Sunday, July 9

4:00 p.m. - Registration Opens; Opening Reception

Monday, July 10

8:30-9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Robbie Makinen, Executive Director, Kansas City Area Transportation Authority
Pat “Duke” Dujakovich, President, Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill via Video
9:00-10:00 a.m. How Will Right-to-Work Affect Missouri?
John Garrettson, Business Manager, IBEW Local 304
Calogero Casa, Manager Labor Relations, Kansas Gas Energy
Jim Curry, President, Oklahoma AFL-CIO
10:00-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:30 a.m. Workshops
Significant Unfair Labor Practice Case Updates under the NLRA with a Look to the Future - Mary Taves, Officer in Charge, NLRB
The Brain on Bargaining, What You Don't Know About Neuroscience Can Hurt You at the Bargaining Table - Myra Hite, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
11:30 a.m. Lunch or Golf Tournament

Tuesday, July 11

8:30-9:30 a.m. General Session:
Health Care Solutions for Labor and Management
Marcie Nielsen, Vice President, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Allen Meier, Meier & Meier
Steve Ashely, Pharmacy Benefits Consultant, Pharmaceutical Strategies Group LLC
9:30-10:30 a.m. General Session:
Cerner On-Site Health Clinics for Labor-Management Partnerships
Pat Donohue, Taft-Hartley Services
John Howard, Cerner
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.-Noon: Workshops
The Future of Missouri’s Prevailing Wage - John O’Mara, Business Manager, Pipefitters and Plumbers Local 562; Richard Martin, Government Relations Director, JE Dunn Construction Co.; TBA
Missouri Right to Work – How Right to Work Law Intersect with National Labor Relations Act – Leonard “Peter Perez, St. Louis Regional Director, NLRB
Update on Labor Relations Issues - Peggy McNieve, Commissioner, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch (Speaker/Presenter possible)
1:15-2:30 p.m. General Session:
Addressing Workplace Violence
Jim Warwick, Ed.D., Certified Police Trainer, Strategic Security Solutions Group
Are you prepared for the unexpected? Don’t fall victim to a potentially deadly encounter. Understanding the history of active shooters will empower you and your employees to respond with confidence. Heighten your observation skills and learn steps of survival.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation with a panel of company and labor leaders who have faced tragic situations.
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break
6:00 p.m. Wine Tasting
7:00 p.m. Banquet
Banquet Activities/Reception


8:00-9:00 a.m. General Session:
Utility/Construction Workforce Challenges
Impact of Power Plant Regulatory Changes
Jim Hunter, Consultant/Retired IBEW
Today, one in every five American workers is over 65, and in 2020, one in four American workers will be over 55, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The aging workforce phenomenon is real and the utility industry is facing a major human resource challenge. A panel of experts will give an update on Baby Boomers approaching retirement and how there is a disproportionate number of utility workers who are preparing to leave the workforce compared to those who are ready to enter it due to the declining pool of college graduates equipped with the skills needed to maintain progress and innovate in the smart grid sector. An update on aging infrastructure and regulatory challenges will also be presented.
9:00-11:00 a.m. Mock Arbitration
Steve Boyce, Executive Director, Human Resources, Westar Energy
John Garretson, Business Manager, IBEW Local 304
Mary Taves, Officer in Charge, National Labor Relations Board
Pat Bush, Arbitrator
Will Lawrence, Attorney
11:00-11:15 a.m. Prizes and Closing Remarks