The Partnership Education Program (PEP) training event for the 4th District, representing Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, will be held on October 25-26, 2021, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Registration is open to all 4th District members and 16th District members that live in DE, PA, DC, MD, VA and WV.

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 4th 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 open to all 4th District members and 16th District members that live in DE, PA, DC, MD, VA and WV.

For all PEP tracks, the registration fee is $135. Each track is capped at 50 participants. Early registration is encouraged.

Registration:

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

Monday, October 25
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Registration
8:30–11:30 a.m.General Session
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.Lunch (Provided by the 4th District)
12:30–2:30 p.m.
PEP Breakout
2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break
2:45–4:45 p.m.
PEP Breakout
6:00–8:00 p.m.Reception
Onsite

 

Tuesday, October 26
8:30–9:30 a.m.Breakfast (Continental)
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.PEP Breakout
12:00–1:00 p.m.Lunch (provided by the 4th District)
1:00–3:00 p.m.
PEP Breakout

Review the Workshop Descriptions.

The following PEP workshop tracks are offered over two days (October 25-26):

  • Basic Negotiations
  • Advanced Negotiations
  • Legal Issues
  • Union Administration

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.

When you register for the 4th District PEP event, choose one of the workshop tracks below, each with a total of eight hours of instruction offered over two days.

BASIC NEGOTIATIONS TRACK


Monday, October 25

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Negotiating the First Contract

2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45–4:45 p.m.
Negotiating the First Contract, Continued

Tuesday, October 26

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Preparing for Negotiations: Collective Bargaining

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Conducting Negotiations: Collective Bargaining

ADVANCED NEGOTIATIONS TRACK


Monday, October 25

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Fundamentals of Costing Contract Proposals

2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45–4:45 p.m.
Advanced Skills for Negotiators

Tuesday, October 26

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Advanced Skills for Negotiators, continued

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Advanced Skills for Negotiators, continued

LEGAL ISSUES TRACK


Monday, October 25

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Duty of Fair Representation

2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45–4:45 p.m.
Overview of Employment Law

Tuesday, October 26

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Social Media Legal Issues and Best Practices

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Understanding Pregnancy and Parental Rights

UNION ADMINISTRATION TRACK


Monday, October 25

12:30–2:30 p.m.
Ethics for Union Leaders

2:30–2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45–4:45 p.m.
How to Run a Meeting

Tuesday, October 26

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Internal Local Communications

12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lunch

1:00–3:00 p.m.
Local Human Relations Committee: Getting Started

BASIC NEGOTIATIONS TRACK

Negotiating the First Contract (4 hours)
A solid first contract forms the foundation for all subsequent agreements. A common mistake made when negotiating a first contract is to focus on the “nice to have” items, rather than the “must have” items. This workshop will focus on identifying must-have items, such as terms and conditions of employment, purpose and scope of the recognition clause, how to identify work rules, and the jurisdiction ordinances and statutes that need to be incorporated into specific contract language to protect the working conditions and benefits of our members. Additional topics covered in this workshop include how to prepare for negotiations, review of mandatory versus permissive subjects of bargaining and how to avoid common negotiation pitfalls.

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.

ADVANCED NEGOTIATIONS TRACK

Fundamentals of Costing Contract Proposals (2 hours)
Wages represent a significant portion of contract negotiations, but to successfully negotiate improvements to compensation, affiliate leaders must thoroughly understand their contracts and the true economic cost of their current agreements. Before presenting management with proposed improvements at the negotiation table, affiliate leaders need to have a firm grasp of how the improvements they seek will impact the totality of a contract’s costs. This workshop will introduce students to the key concepts required to conduct a successful contract-costing exercise and the fundamental processes of costing base salary, fringe benefits and proposed increases for a multi-year contract.

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.

LEGAL ISSUES TRACK

Duty of Fair Representation (2 hours)
As an affiliate leader, you may be subject to a legal standard, known as duty of fair representation (DFR) that governs how you represent your members in contract negotiations, grievances and other labor matters. In this workshop, you will study relevant case law to learn what is required of you, how the courts have applied this standard to unions, the consequences of violating the standard and best practices to avoid DFR lawsuits..

Overview of Employment Law (2 hours)
This workshop will provide you with an overview of the employment laws that affect fire fighters and emergency workers. You will learn how the courts define harassment and discrimination in the workplace and how to respond to members who believe their rights have been violated. This workshop will help you better serve the needs of your membership.

Social Media Legal Issues and Best Practices (2 hours)
While social media can be a powerful tool for positioning your local within the community and generating goodwill, it only takes one mistake or one bad apple to hurt your brand. Explore the social and legal issues pertaining to proper and improper use of social media, as well as the legal ramifications, limitations, and policies that can affect your members and your department.

Understanding Pregnancy and Parental Rights (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.

UNION ADMINISTRATION TRACK

Ethics for Union Leaders (2 hours)
Most IAFF leaders are public employees and have fiduciary responsibilities to their membership. Due to the nature of your position, you are subject to higher ethical standards than the average member or employee. These standards must be upheld in order to maintain the trust of your members and run an effective local. Failure to do so can result in loss of credibility, loss of union position or even criminal charges. This workshop will cover the principles of ethics, the requirements of public employees and strategies of making ethical decisions. You will use these strategies to analyze scenarios and case studies.

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.

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.

Local Human Relations Committee: Getting Started (2 hours)
The IAFF recommends that every local establish a human relations committee. Establishing a committee is a proven way to help locals sort through the opportunities and challenges that diversity presents. It can assist locals in resolving conflict and developing a proactive strategy for change. In this workshop, affiliate leaders will learn about the benefits of having a local human relations committee and strategies for developing their own committee.

Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place

Morgantown Marriott for 2020 4th District PEP Event

2 Waterfront Place
Morgantown, WV 26501
(304) 296-1700

Book your group rate for the 4th District PEP Event
Discounted group rate for the standard guest room is $149/night, plus tax. The cut-off date for the group rate is Friday, October 1, 2021.