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Training & Education

2nd Annual Labor and Employer Summit

September 10 – Lakewood
Clover Park Technical College
McGavick Conference Center
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Last year, AWC partnered with the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs on a first-ever joint effort to foster trust and communication between city management and police and fire unions.

This workshop builds upon that promising start, continuing the goals of promoting mutual understanding and respect and discovering ways to work better together during bargaining and throughout the year.

Crucial Conversations® – tools for talking when the stakes are high

The day kicks off with acclaimed training that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics. Participants will learn how to:

  • Speak persuasively, not abrasively
  • Foster teamwork and better decision making
  • Build acceptance rather than resistance
  • Resolve individual and group disagreements

Other sessions this year include:

  • Mediator/arbitrator panel – advice on what works and what doesn’t
  • What’s next – emergent issues from both the labor and employer perspective
  • Interest based bargaining – both a basic overview and more in-depth training
  • Rebuilding relationships – when outside help is needed

Who should attend

Labor and management representatives involved in police and fire labor negotiations in cities – union presidents or shop stewards, HR or labor relations directors, city managers/administrators, police and fire chiefs, attorneys, and other key members of the negotiating teams on both sides of the table.

We strongly encourage participation from both union and management, and are offering a discounted registration fee for multiple registrants from each city.*


Click here for an updated agenda.

8:30 – 9 am

9 am – 3 pm
Workshop, lunch is provided


  • Chase McMillan, VitalSmarts
    Chase is a Master Certified Trainer in Crucial Conversations® Training. His training style is characterized by an interactive approach and charismatic delivery that engages audiences, equips individuals with powerful ideas and skills, and helps teams achieve great results.
  • Attorneys, arbitrators, mediators, and others offering both union and management perspectives, including:
    • Fred Rosenberry, former PERC arbitrator/mediator
    • Rod Younker, Summit Law Group
    • Mike Tedesco, Tedesco Law Group
    • Jessica Bradley, adjudicator/mediator, PERC
    • Kelly Fox, President, Washington Council of Fire Fighters
    • Mike Brown, former Executive Director, Washington Fire Chiefs Association


Note: Registration is being handled through AWC's new registration software system. This system requires a user account with a username and password. If you do not have an account, please contact AWC Tech Support (awctechsupport@awcnet.org) to set up your account.

Register now! Through August 25 August 26 or later
For one person from city $125 $150
For two or more people from city* $95 $120

*To receive the multiple registrant discount, you will need to contact Brittany Sill prior to registering to obtain a campaign code to use during the registration process.

See AWC’s conference and workshop terms of agreement for information on our refund/cancellation policy.

For cities and towns under 5,000 population, scholarships are available. Please use the following campaign code when checking out – 2014LESCS (no spaces, case sensitive).
For cities over 5,000 and experiencing financial difficulties, Washington Cities scholarships may be available.


Workshop information
Brittany Sill

Registration or cancellation questions and special accommodations
(360) 753-4137
For TDD users, please use the state’s toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial the AWC number.