The Partnership Education Program (PEP) training event for the 10th District, representing Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico and Guam, will be held on July 18-20, 2021, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

COVID-19
Please see our COVID-19 Guidance for more information on attending this in-person event. Our members health and safety is our number-one priority. We continue to monitor COVID-19 risks and are in constant communication with the 10th District leadership team to prepare for an in-person event this year.

The IAFF mobile app has everything you need to guide you through this training event, including the agenda, workshop times and rooms and online evaluations. Download the IAFF mobile app.


COVID-19 Event Guidance


Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance on Facemask Usage:

  • Class organizers can ask if attendees are vaccinated but cannot ask for proof or vaccine cards.
    • If attendees or instructors are vaccinated:
      • You do not have to wear a facemask for the event. As we navigate this new normal, vaccinated individuals may continue to wear a facemask if more comfortable wearing one around others.
    • If attendees or instructors are NOT vaccinated:
      • These individuals, based on CDC guidance, must continue to wear a facemask and social distance for the duration of the event.
      • Signage in event areas will reflect what unvaccinated attendees should do, including facemask usage, social distancing, handwashing/sanitizing and daily monitoring for COVID-19 signs and symptoms. 

U.S. Domestic Travel Guidance:

  • Fully Vaccinated:
    • During travel: Follow all travel recommendations, including wearing a facemask while traveling and self-monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Post travel: You do not need to be tested or self-quarantine if you are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past three months.
  • Not Fully Vaccinated:
    • During travel: Wear a facemask, social distance and practice preventive measures.
    • Post travel: Get tested with a RT-PCR test three to five days after travel and stay home/self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel.
      • If you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days. If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

International Travel Guidance:

  • Fully Vaccinated:
    • During travel: Follow all travel recommendations, including wearing a facemask while traveling and self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Post travel: Get tested with a RT-PCR test three to five days after travel. If your test is positive, isolate to protect others from getting infected. Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, isolate and get tested if you develop symptoms.
      • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements after travel.
    • Not Fully Vaccinated:
      • During travel: Follow all travel recommendations, including wearing a facemask while traveling and self-monitoring for signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
      • Post travel: Get tested with a RT-PCR test three to five days after travel and stay home/self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel.
        • If you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for the full seven days. If you do not get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.
      • Follow all state and local recommendations or requirements.

 Attendees and Instructors:

  • Whether an individual is vaccinated or not vaccinated, it is important to highlight that if anyone is experiencing any COVID-19 related signs and symptoms, DO NOT ATTEND THE EVENT.
  • Signs and symptoms include:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat

In registering for this event, you will be asked to provide information about whether you are vaccinated against COVID-19. The IAFF will maintain this information confidentially and will only disclose this information as required by law. By registering for this event, you agree that we may disclose your COVID-19 vaccination status as needed to comply with applicable law, including local COVID-19 orders.

Registration is now open to all members in the 10th District. The registration fee is $135.

Registration is capped at 40 participants for each track, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Register Online

For more information, contact the IAFF Department of Education at [email protected] or (202) 824-1533.

Sunday, July 18 –Travel in, open networking/fraternal activities

 

Monday, July 19
7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Registration
Indigo Foyer
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.General Session & Round Tables
Indigo DH
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.Lunch
Indigo Terrace
(Sponsored by CPF)
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.PEP Breakouts
3:30 – 3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 – 5:45 p.m.PEP Breakouts
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.Reception
Promenade Plaza (Sponsored by CPF)

 

Tuesday, July 20
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
Indigo Terrace
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.PEP Breakouts
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
Indigo Foyer
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.PEP Breakouts

Four workshop tracks are offered over two days (July 19-20):

  • Leadership Strategies
  • Political Action
  • Negotiations
  • Communications

All PEP workshops are designed to be interactive and engage students. Workshops are delivered by IAFF PEP instructors who have a vast amount of knowledge and experience on union skills.

Review the Workshop Descriptions to help you choose your workshop track.

When you register for the 10th District PEP event, choose one of the workshop tracks, each with a total of eight hours of instruction offered over two days.

COMMUNICATIONS TRACK
Indigo B


Monday, July 19

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Increasing Membership Participation

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Internal Local Communications

Tuesday, July 20

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Media Strategies and Messaging

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Internal Union Organizing

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES TRACK
Aqua 300


Monday, July 19

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Understanding Union Leadership

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Building Coalitions

Tuesday, July 20

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Negotiating Strategies for Tough Economic Times

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Staffing for Safety: An Introduction

NEGOTIATIONS TRACK
Indigo 204B – Breakout 204A


Monday, July 19

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Preparing for Negotiations: Collective Bargaining

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Advanced Skills for Negotiators (6 hours)

Tuesday, July 20

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Advanced Skills for Negotiators (Continued)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Advanced Skills for Negotiators (Continued)

POLITICAL ACTION TRACK
Aqua 310


Monday, July 19

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Introduction to Political Action

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Break

3:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Recruiting and Endorsing Candidates

Tuesday, July 20

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Lobbying 101: Understanding the Local Legislative Process

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Establishing and Maintaining a Political Action Committee

COMMUNICATIONS TRACK

Increasing Membership Participation (2 hours)
The strength of a local depends on the active involvement of its members. Whether it’s a committee meeting, political campaign or public relations effort, your members make the difference between success and failure. This workshop provides methods to increase member participation and build an effective union.

Internal Local Communications (2 hours)
The most important audience for our communications is our local union membership. Lack of communication within a union can seriously weaken unity in purpose and reduce the effectiveness of our efforts. This workshop shows how to move from fighting back challenges to taking charge of the message in communications to our membership.

Media Strategies and Messaging (2 hours)
It is important for affiliate leaders to have a media strategy, which should be a part of the overarching public relations campaign. This workshop will address components of media strategy, including understanding why a local should have a media strategy; knowing the considerations when developing a media strategy; constructing appropriate messaging based on delivery type and source; and understanding the importance of building coalitions.

Internal Union Organizing (2 hours)
For a local to be most effective in achieving its goals, it must have the majority of the fire department (or EMS organization) as members. A united membership has more resources at its disposal and more bargaining power. In this workshop, you will determine the key reasons for lack of affiliation within your local and develop strategies to increase your membership.

LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES TRACK

Understanding Union Leadership (2 hours)
This workshop will address the many facets of building a stronger local, including how to speak about the union to potential new members, identifying leaders, recruiting basics and how to organize members. In addition, this workshop will guide students through the process of creating an action plan to help their local organize and become more effective in its membership efforts.

Building Coalitions (2 hours)
A coalition is a group of individuals or organizations that work together to achieve common goals and solve problems. A coalition can be formal or informal in structure depending on its purpose. Due to its size and scope, a coalition can accomplish significantly more than an individual organization. This workshop will teach you how to build coalitions and use them to achieve your goals.

Negotiating Strategies for Tough Economic Times (2 hours)
We are a union regardless of the status of the economy. Therefore, when we are in tough economic times, we may adjust our mission but not change our vision to continually advance. These challenges may be in the form of decreased tax revenues, cuts in state aid to local government or cuts in other sources of revenue. The reductions in revenue that result in municipal budget cuts have affected IAFF locals by influencing wages, benefits or operational resources. This workshop will provide an understanding of how fiscal crises impact the negotiation process, as well as providing insight on how to address wages, benefits, working conditions and staffing issues in tough times. The workshop will specifically address the above outlined issues for locals with collective bargaining agreements or a formal negotiation process.

Staffing for Safety: An Introduction (2 hours)
Fire suppression and emergency medical activities are labor-intensive jobs that require an adequate number of fire fighters on scene to safely and effectively protect property and save lives. Studies by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and updates to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710 standards have shown that inadequate staffing can result in unnecessary loss of life and property and serious injury to fire fighters and the citizens they protect. In this workshop, you will be introduced to standards and studies that indicate best practices regarding staffing and that help you make decisions regarding staffing in your community.

NEGOTIATIONS TRACK

Preparing for Negotiations: Collective Bargaining (2 hours)
The collective bargaining process allows you to negotiate for wages, benefits and other conditions of employment. To be successful at the bargaining table, you must thoroughly research and develop your strategy. In this workshop, you will learn how to set realistic goals for your membership and collect the data needed to support your case.

Advanced Skills for Negotiators (6 hours)
To get results at the bargaining table, a negotiator must be able to develop a bargaining strategy and master key negotiation skills. In this six-hour workshop, you will learn how to strengthen your bargaining position, determine an acceptable settlement range, respond to common management tactics and objections, make concessions and package your proposals. You will have opportunities to practice these skills and participate in mock negotiation sessions. This workshop is designed for experienced negotiators who wish to improve their skills at the bargaining table.

POLITICAL ACTION TRACK

Introduction to Political Action (2 hours)
Local government officials are ultimately responsible for making decisions that affect the wages and benefits of fire fighters. To secure the best working conditions for your members, it is essential that your local union becomes politically active to ensure that those candidates who support fire fighter issues are elected and remain in office. This workshop will give you an overview of the political process and teach you how to set up a political action plan that is most effective in achieving your goals.

Recruiting and Endorsing Candidates (2 hours)
For political candidates, the endorsement of fire fighters is the most coveted endorsement in campaigns today. The political action of an affiliate is what it takes to move fire service issues forward. In this workshop, you will learn how to select a candidate and campaign for political action, understand the endorsement process and create a local endorsement process.

Lobbying 101: Understanding the Local Legislative Process (2 hours)
Whether at the local, state or federal level, learning and knowing how to lobby elected officials is one of the most effective ways to gain favorable legislation. Understanding the process and learning how to identify, organize and implement an action plan is an asset to provide a positive impact for fire fighter issues. In this workshop, you will examine the basics of lobbying and how to effectively address and organize an action plan for dealing with elected officials.

Establishing and Maintaining a Political Action Committee (2 hours)
State and local officials, and state and local laws, affect your wages, benefits, labor laws and working environment. With a state and/or local Political Action Committee (PAC), fire fighters can help support the campaigns of officials, candidates and ballot issues that represent their communities’ best interests. This workshop addresses not just the laws and regulations affecting state and local PACS, but also how to promote a PAC, raise funds and plan contributions.

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

1 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 564-3333

Reserve your room online. You can also make reservations by calling 800-Hiltons and mentioning the group code: IAFF. The discounted group room rate is $207/night, plus tax. You will be charged a one night room and tax deposit at the time the reservation is made. The deposit is refundable if the reservation is cancelled at least 72 hours prior to arrival date.

The cut-off date for the discount rate is June 29, 2021.