Training & Education

WAPELRA Fall Conference

Leadership in Labor Relations

Kitsap Conference Center
September 18 – 20, 2013 – Bremerton, Washington

About this Conference

The WAPELRA Fall Conference is specifically designed to help public sector HR professionals and other practitioners involved in labor relations build skills and develop resources. In addition to a great line-up of educational sessions, the conference is an excellent opportunity to network and learn from your colleagues who are facing the same issues you are.

Who should attend

Human resources and labor relations professionals who represent management in cities, counties, special districts and state agencies. This conference is also suited to city clerks, supervisors, managers, administrators and department heads who deal with personnel and labor issues.

HRCI Certification

WAPELRA has requested preapproval for HRCI recertification credit hours for the conference.

Conference sponsors

Thanks to the following organizations for their support of this year’s Fall Conference:

Wednesday reception

Thursday reception




Conference times and agenda details

The conference kicks off with a Welcome Reception in the Oyster Bay Room of the Kitsap Conference Center, from 5:30 to 7 pm on Wednesday, September 18. Registration is open from 7:30 am to 5 pm Wednesday and again starting at 7:45 am on Thursday, September 19. The conference officially begins at 8:30 am on Thursday. The conference ends at 11:45 am on Friday, September 20.

Click here to view the complete conference agenda.

Optional Pre-Conference Session: NPELRA Labor Relations Academy III – The Negotiation Process
Wednesday, September 18
8 am – 4 pm

WAPELRA is pleased that NPELRA is offering its Labor Relations Academy III in conjunction with the WAPELRA Fall Conference this year. This session is part of NPELRA’s innovative teaching program leading to professional certification as a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP). This NPELRA event requires a separate registration fee ($279 for NPELRA members, $399 for non-members). Click here to go directly to the NPELRA website to register or contact them at 760-433-1686 with questions.

Location and room reservations

This year’s fall conference will be held at the Kitsap Conference Center at 100 Washington Avenue in Bremerton. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of September 17, 18 and 19 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, at the group rate of $109 (excluding tax) for a standard king or double queen room and $119 (excluding tax) for a King Studio Suite. Underground parking is available for $7 per night.

Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel by calling (360) 377-2111 – make sure you mention you are with the WAPELRA group.

Registration and fees

To register, click here.

WAPELRA member registration fee – $160 per person
Non-member registration fee – $200 per person

The registration fee includes comprehensive workshop materials, the welcome reception on Wednesday evening, a lunch and reception on Thursday, a light breakfast on Thursday and Friday, coffee and snacks.

Guests are welcome to attend both receptions at no charge, but will be responsible for purchasing their own beverages. If you are bringing a guest, please indicate that when you register.

A fee of $25 will be charged for cancellations made by September 12, 2013. Cancellations made after that date will require full payment.


Conference program questions
Jenna Richardson, WAPELRA Vice President
(253) 447-4331

Registration or cancellation questions
(360) 292-4391

Special accommodations
DeAnn Hartman
For TDD users, please use the state’s toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial the AWC number registration number, (360) 292-4391

General WAPELRA questions
Brent Long, WAPELRA President

Lodging questions
Contact the hotel directly at (360) 377-2111.

For the most up-to-date information about the Conference, go to the WAPELRA website at