The IAFF Partnership Education Program (PEP) training event for the 11th District, representing Texas, Oklahoma and the Canal Zone, will be held on November 6-7, 2019, at the Choctaw Casino and Resort Conference Center in Durant, Oklahoma.

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The District Partnership Education Program (PEP) is delivered within the 16 IAFF districts to affiliate leadership who typically do not attend IAFF events due to fiscal, geographical or staffing hardships. District program deliveries offer a wide variety of workshops designed to empower union officers to become more effective leaders through high-quality educational programs.

The registration fee is $135. Tracks are capped at 50 participants and early registration is strongly encouraged.

Use one of the three options below to register:

  1. Register Online
  2. Email the registration form to [email protected].
  3. Mail the registration form and payment to:

IAFF Department of Education
1750 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20006

Wednesday, November 6
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Registration
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.District Report
Magnolia 5-7
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Lunch (On Own)
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.PEP Breakout
2:30 – 2:45 p.m.Break
2:45 – 4:45 p.m.PEP Breakout
5:00 – 6:00 p.m.District 11 Reception
Magnolia 5-7

 

Thursday, November 7
7:00 – 8:30 a.m.Breakfast
Magnolia 5-7
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.PEP Breakout
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.PEP Breakout

Three workshop tracks will be offered over two days (November 6-7):

  • Legal Issues/Union Administration Track (Cedar)
  • Negotiations Track (Oak)
  • Politics & Public Relations Track (Pine)

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 11th District PEP event, choose one of the workshop tracks below, each with a total of eight hours of instruction offered over two days.

LEGAL ISSUES/UNION ADMINISTRATION TRACK
Cedar


Wednesday, November 6

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Local Union Governance

2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45–4:45 p.m.
How to Run a Meeting

Thursday, November 7

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Understanding Pregnancy and Parental Rights and Accommodations

10:30–10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Discipline: Your Rights and Responsibilities as Union Officers

NEGOTIATIONS TRACK
Oak


Wednesday, November 6

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Municipal Financial Analysis

2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45–4:45 p.m.
Preparing for Negotiations: Collective Bargaining

Thursday, November 7

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Conducting Negotiations: Collective Bargaining

10:30–10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Non-Collective Bargaining Environments: Achieving Goals

POLITICS & PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK
Pine


Wednesday, November 6

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Building Better Business Relationships

2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45–4:45 p.m.
Lobbying 101: Understanding the Local Legislative Process

Thursday, November 7

8:30–10:30 a.m.
Recruiting and Endorsing Candidates

10:30–10:45 a.m.
Break

10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Writing for Communicators

LEGAL ISSUES/UNION ADMINISTRATION TRACK

Local Union Governance (2 hours)
Through its constitution and by-laws, your local establishes its basic organization, including the duties and responsibilities of your local union officers, executive board and committees, as well as the various procedures that govern different types of meetings. Your local’s constitution and bylaws should provide the precepts necessary for governing your members. It should meet their needs, as well as be flexible for reasonable and future change. In this module, you will learn the important aspects of your local’s constitution and by-laws, be given tools to understand how this document influences your role as a union leader and how to properly govern your local based on this important text.

How to Run a Meeting (2 hours)
The manner in which you run your union meetings will affect member attendance and how you are perceived as a leader. A well-run meeting with meaningful and timely agenda items will draw more attendees and help you earn the respect of your membership. In this workshop, you will learn IAFF meeting protocol and etiquette; how to plan for and conduct an efficient and productive meeting; and methods for handling conflict. This workshop is ideal for local union officers with limited experience running union meetings.

Understanding Pregnancy and Parental Rights and Accommodations (2 hours)
Members who become parents face increased demands on their time and resources. Local leadership need to help ensure that the local employing agency complies with applicable federal, state/provincial and local laws, allowing these members the leave time and medical accommodation they need as they build their families. In addition, this workshop reviews how local leadership can advocate for family-friendly local policies and laws.

Discipline: Your Rights and Responsibilities as Union Officers (2 hours)
This workshop will provide union leaders with an overview of their rights and responsibilities during the employment disciplinary process. Union leaders will learn how to best represent their members in accordance with their contract, civil service laws and the WeingartenLoudermill and Garrity decisions. This workshop is applicable to affiliate leaders in both collective bargaining and non-collective bargaining environments.

NEGOTIATIONS TRACK

Municipal Financial Analysis (2 hours)
This workshop is designed to educate affiliate leaders about municipal financial analysis (FMA). In order to ensure proper staffing and reasonable wage and benefit increases, a local must know the basic financial condition of its government, as well as what monies are available to fund its needs. Municipal financial analysis is a service provided by the IAFF that examines a jurisdiction’s financial records and determines its financial condition. The value of the analysis is dependent on affiliate leaders effectively understanding the key indicators of a government’s financial condition and knowing how to use the information appropriately.

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.

Conducting Negotiations: Collective Bargaining (2 hours)
Actively negotiating a contract is one of the most important functions IAFF affiliate leadership can perform for members and is the key ingredient in fire fighter – employer relations. In this workshop, you will learn how to create ground rules that benefit unions, participate in mock negotiation sessions and apply bargaining techniques.

Non-Collective Bargaining: Achieving Goals (2 hours)
It can be a challenge to secure wages and benefit improvements in jurisdictions that do not allow collective bargaining. Despite the absence of collective bargaining laws, there are many things you can do to help your membership achieve its goals. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the strength of your membership to win over the opposition.

POLITICS & PUBLIC RELATIONS TRACK

Building Better Business Relationships (2 hours)
Communication skills are essential for effectively conveying ideas. Those skills are sometimes challenged when interpersonal communication is used to address differing opinions. By conscientiously employing rules of civility, leaders can rise above mere communication to achieve stronger working relationships. This workshop will explore the meaning of civility, distinctions made by different generations and strategies for employing civility in everyday situations.

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.

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.

Writing for Communicators (2 hours)
Affiliate leaders are the voice of their locals and their members. Often, they find themselves communicating with different stakeholders: management, elected officials, members, the media and the community. Effective business writing is a vital skill for conveying the local’s message. Writing well involves identifying the appropriate audience, establishing the purpose of the written piece and drafting the product. This workshop will provide participants with a formula to develop polished final pieces and techniques for improving their writing skills.

Choctaw Casino Resort – Durant
4216 S. Hwy 69/75
Durant, OK 74701
(800) 788-2464

Please refer to the block name IAFF – District 11 PEP or block code 1910IAFFDI when you make a room reservation. The discounted group room rate is $119/night plus tax and the cut-off date is Monday, October 21, 2019.