Education

Thursday, April 5

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Conference Welcome - Keynote Address 
After a five-year hiatus, this event, formerly known as the Labor-Management Initiative Conference, returns with a new name, expanded resources, lessons from participating union and department partnerships, and networking opportunities to build positive and productive relationships. Fire Chief Eric Tade and Local President Scott Simpson will welcome everyone to Denver. IAFC President, Chief Tom Jenkins and IAFF General President, Harold Schaitberger will open the Labor-Management Alliance Conference and discuss what you can expect from your time at the event. Commissioner Joe Finn will deliver the keynote address, Working Together We Can Achieve Success.
Joseph Finn, Commissioner, Boston (Massachusetts) Fire Department

10:20 - 11:50 AM Breakout Sessions

Overcoming Differences- How LMA Can Help You
Want to learn more about LMA? Join Program Chief Westermann and President Hanify as they discuss the LMA Program and how you and your department can benefit from its services and products. 
Tom Hanify, President, Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana; Steve Westermann, Chief (Ret.), Central Jackson County (Missouri) Fire Protection District

A Tale of 3 Cities: Best Practices from Chiefs and Presidents 
Personal stories convey meanings and are a powerful information delivery tool. Bill Stewart will lead the panel, comprised of chiefs and union presidents, and discuss how the LMA program helped them and their people overcome the complexities that fire departments and unions sometimes face.  
Moderator: Bill Stewart, Chief (Ret.), Toronto (Ontario) Fire Services
Panelists: Kerri Donnis, Chief, Fresno (California) Fire Department; Dean Sanders, President, Fresno (California) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 753; Samuel Pena, Chief, Houston (Texas) Fire Department; Marty Lancton, President, Houston (Texas) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 341; Rick Ennis, Chief, City of Cape Girardeau (Missouri) Fire Department; Norman Baker, Secretary Treasurer, Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters

Institutionalizing a Labor-Management Program Within Your Department  
This course will focus on the local department level. It will cover ways to design, implement and institutionalize a good working labor-management process that supports an effective, working partnership. This session includes what language should be included in union and department SOP’s, codifying the process in the contract and other issues which ensure understanding of it by the rank and file. The goal is to provide labor and management partners the tools to create a program that will continue to function effectively as the leadership may change.
Moderator: William “Shorty” Bryson, Chief (Ret.), Miami-Dade (FL) Fire 
Panelists: Scott Simpson, President, Denver (Colorad) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 858; Eric Tade, Chief, Denver (Colorado) Fire Department
 

 
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions

Keeping to the Agenda: Effective Communications and Meetings
How we communicate will often determine the success of our projects and efforts. Learn how to establish a plan for effective communications, agenda(s) for meetings, and ideal frequency of meetings. You will also come away with a better understanding of the importance of recruiting the right people for each meeting.
Brian O’Neill, President, Louisville (Kentucky) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 345; Steve Westermann, Chief (Ret.), Central Jackson County (Missouri) Fire Protection District

Navigating Politics as a Team
Politics can be tricky. Hear success stories of how political issues should be approached and how, with the support of LMA, these matters were resolved at the local level. Chief Block and President Holubowich will also discuss elections, partnerships, roles, budget issues and available resources.
Moderator: Dave Lang, Assistant to the General President for Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, International Association of Fire Fighters
Panelists: Ken Block, Chief, Edmonton (Alberta) Fire Department; Greg Holubowich, President, Edmonton (Alberta) Fire Fighters Union IAFF Local 209

What’s New with the Wellness-Fitness Initiative?
Chief Malone and Jim Brinkley will provide an overview of the Wellness-Fitness Initiative, highlight changes, and discuss available resources to help first-responders keep on track to stay fit and healthy.
Jim Brinkley, Director of Health and Safety, International Association of Fire Fighters; Ernie Malone, Chief, Indianapolis (Indiana) Fire Department 

2:50 PM - 4:20 PM Breakout Sessions

Labor Relations Beyond the Local 
We all need each other to succeed. Learn how good labor relations will assist in navigating the state and federal issues that affect fire departments.
Mike Brown, Chief (Ret.), South Kitsap (Washington) Fire and Rescue; Brian O’Neill, President, Louisville (Kentucky) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 345

The Difference-Maker: Understanding Generations
Don’t talk past each other. Learn about the generations in today's workforce and how to work and communicate with each to have the most impact.
Dennis Eulberg, Partnership Education Program Instructor, International Association of Fire Fighters; Richard Marinucci, Chief (Ret.)

Making the Call: Finding Support at the IAFF Center of Excellence 
Our first responders’ health and wellness deserves our attention. This important discussion about mental health/PTSD, cancer, CPAT, presumption will help you understand mental health topics that matter most and what should be our common goal, namely the safety and health of firefighters.
Myrrhanda Jones, Community Outreach Director, IAFF Center for Excellence/Advanced Recovery Systems; Pat Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Health, Safety and Medicine, International Association of Fire Fighters; Abby Morris, MD, Medical Director, IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

Friday, April 6

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Breakout Sessions

Practical Employee Relations for Leaders in the Fire Service
In this highly interactive and entertaining program specifically designed for leaders in fire service, an extensive array of employee relations scenarios are covered. Leaders gain skill and increased confidence in handling employee relations situations that, while difficult and uncomfortable, must be addressed carefully to prevent legal problems.
Mike Mirarchi, J.D., Employee Relations Consultant

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Rewards and Challenges to Labor-Management Relationships
Every relationship has its ups and downs. It is no different for professional and public relationships. Instructors will share the benefits of successful labor-management relationships, the potential challenges that may come up, and how others have overcome these barriers. 
Ken Block, Chief, Edmonton (Alberta) Fire Department; Barbara Sellers, President, Shreveport (Louisiana) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 514

Labor-Management Committee: Your Guide to Success
On a daily basis, fire departments are confronted with a variety of issues that require a strong working relationship between labor and management to achieve success together. The best departments have the tools in place to work through those issues successfully – even if they don’t always agree. This workshop will address best practices and how labor-management committees can create a team culture, build trust over time and develop consistent involvement. 
Brian O’Neill, President, Louisville (Kentucky) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 345; Richard Marinucci, Chief (Ret.)

10:20 - 11:50 AM Breakout Sessions

Achieving Labor-Management Success in a Non-Collective Bargaining Environment
It can be a challenge to secure wages and benefit improvements in jurisdictions that do not allow collective bargaining. However, there are several opportunities for labor and management to achieve success in non-collective bargaining environments. This workshop will highlight where labor and management cooperation was utilized successfully to address issues in a location where there is no ability to collectively bargain a contractual agreement. 
Dave Coker, President, Greensboro (North Carolina) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 947; Larry Few, Chief, Fulton County (Georgia) Fire & Rescue Department

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 
This workshop will cover potential sex, race, age, disability and other discrimination claims within the fire service, including issues involving hiring and promotions and recent legal developments. The discussion will include best practices, local union officer and management responsibilities, contract language and duty of fair representation issues. The workshop will also address EEOC claims and procedures and will highlight several recent case studies specifically related to the fire service.
Moderator: Doug Steele, Legal Counsel, International Association of Fire Fighters
Panelists: Demetris Alfred, President, St Louis (MO) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 73; Ernie Malone, Chief, Indianapolis (Indiana) Fire Department

From Recruitment to Retention: The Power of Inclusion
Recruitment is easy. Retention not so much. Learn about the value of diversity within the fire service, how it applies to team longevity, and how working collectively will bring the best employees and keep them. 
Mary Beth Michos, Sr. Advisor, International Association of Fire Chiefs; Jim Ridley, Assistant to the General President, International Association of Fire Fighters; Barbara Sellers, President, Shreveport (Louisiana) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 514; Donald Scott, Past President, Alexandria (Virginia) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2141 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Breakout Sessions

IAFF Center of Excellence: Diving Deeper 
We don’t know everything. Sometimes we don’t know because we don’t ask. Learn how to better identity insurance and treatment resources that are already available to your department. 
Pat Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Health, Safety and Medicine, International Association of Fire Fighters; Abby Morris, MD, Medical Director, IAFF Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health Treatment and Recovery

Decision-Making and Effective Change Management
All of us make hundreds of decisions every day. As those who manage others we need to be aware of how many of these decisions affect others. Join this discussion to learn how to think through your decision making. 
Demetris Alfred, President, St. Louis (Missouri) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 73; Bill Stewart, Chief (Ret.), Toronto (Ontario) Fire Services


Panel Q&A Establishing Core Values: Building & Sustaining Labor-Management Relations
Join us and engage with our experts. Our panelists will share their experience in establishing departmental “Core Values” and the positive result they had on building and sustaining positive labor-management relationships.
Moderator: Mary Beth Michos, Sr. Advisor, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Panelists: Tom Hanify, President, Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana; Brian O’Neill, President, Louisville (Kentucky) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 345; Steve Westermann, Chief, (Ret.), Central Jackson County (Missouri) Fire Protection District

2:50 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing General Session - Open Forum
This your chance to ask us questions during this open forum discussion with LMA leadership and facilitators.
Moderator: Mike Brown, Chief (Ret.), South Kitsap (Washington) Fire and Rescue
Panelists: Demetris Alfred, President, St. Louis (Missouri) Fire Fighters IAFF Local 73; Ken Block, Chief, Edmonton (Alberta) Fire Department; Bill “Shorty” Bryson, Chief (Ret.), Miami-Dade (Florida) Fire-Rescue; Larry Few, Chief, Fulton County (Georgia) Fire & Rescue; Tom Hanify, President, Professional Firefighters Union of Indiana; Rich Marinucci, Chief (Ret.); Mary Beth Michos, Sr. Advisor, International Association of Fire Fighters; Brian O'Neill, President, Louisville (Kentucky) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 345; Donald Scott, Past President, Alexandria (Virginia) Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 2141; Bill Stewart, Chief (Ret.), Toronto (Ontario) Fire Services; Steve Westermann, Chief (Ret.), Central Jackson County (Missouri) Fire Protection District