The 9th District Partnership Education Program (PEP) training event for members in Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming is scheduled for June 20-21, 2022, at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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 9th District leadership team to prepare for an in-person event this event.

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 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.

The registration fee is $135. Tracks are capped at 60 participants and early registration is strongly encouraged.

Register Online

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

Monday, June 20
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Registration | Pompeian Ballroom Foyer
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.General Session | Roman I
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Lunch | Roman II
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 – 7:30 p.m.Reception | Roman II

 

Tuesday, June 21
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.Breakfast | Roman II
8:00 – 10:00 a.m.PEP Breakout
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.Break 
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.PEP Breakout
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.Lunch | Roman II
1:15 – 3:15 p.m.PEP Breakout

The following workshop tracks are offered over two days (June 20-21, 2022).

    • Leadership & Union Administration | Pompeian Ballroom I
    • Leadership & Union Representation | Pompeian Ballroom II

All PEP workshops are interactive and engage students. Workshops are delivered by IAFF PEP instructors who have vast knowledge and experience on union skills.

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

When you register for the 9th District PEP event, choose one of the workshop tracks listed, each with a total of eight hours of instruction over two days.

Register.

LEADERSHIP & UNION ADMINISTRATION TRACK | Pompeian Ballroom I


Monday, June 20

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Duties of the Secretary and Treasurer (4 hours)

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Duties of the Secretary and Treasurer (Continued)

Tuesday, June 21

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Generational Differences

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
How to Run a Meeting

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Introduction to Political Action

LEADERSHIP & UNION REPRESENTATION TRACK | Pompeian Ballroom II


Monday, June 20

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Frontline Union Representative Basics

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Break

2:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Discipline Your Rights & Responsibilities

Tuesday, June 21

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Understanding Public Pensions

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Break

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Duty of Fair Representation

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch

1:15 – 3:15 p.m.
IAFF Union Leadership: Leading Organizational Change

LEADERSHIP & UNION ADMINISTRATION TRACK

Duties of the Secretary and Treasurer (4 hours)
Students will gain a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of the secretary, treasurer or the secretary-treasurer as a union officer. Students will also acquire knowledge on maintaining their local’s records, running a meeting, fiduciary responsibilities and common IRS filing mistakes.

Generational Differences (2 hours)
Currently, as many as four generations are employed and working side by side in fire departments throughout the U.S. and Canada. Each generation brings its own individual values and behaviors, and these can be a source of conflict in the workplace. This workshop will examine each of the four generations in a humorous way, providing a better understanding of generational behavior, the value that each generation brings to the workplace, why conflict exists among them and identify communication styles that work for each.

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 protocols 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.

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 provides an overview of the political process and teaches you how to develop a political action plan that is most effective in achieving your goals.

LEADERSHIP & UNION REPRESENTATION TRACK

Frontline Union Representative Basics (2 hours)
This workshop addresses the knowledge and skills involved in effectively enforcing contract provisions and representing workers’ rights with your fire service management and jurisdiction. It will introduce and explore the issues and best practices involved in handling grievances, enforcing contract language and handling discipline issues. Additionally, this workshop reviews ways that key union personnel can inform membership on the benefits of union membership and active involvement.

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 Weingarten, Loudermill and Garrity decisions. This workshop is applicable to affiliate leaders in both collective bargaining and non-collective bargaining environments.

Understanding Public Pensions (2 hours)
As a union labor leader and a public pension participant, it is vital that you are aware of the various components of public pension plans and how they operate. There is a vested interest to ensure that your public pension plan is adequately funded and prudently invested in order to achieve long-term goals for you and your members. With public pensions under attack, it is important to become involved in the oversight and monitoring of your pension system. This workshop will address how public pensions operate, pitfalls  and questions that should be asked of the pension board, trustees, plan administrators and other stakeholders.

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.

IAFF Union Leadership: Leading Organizational Change (2 hours)
This workshop will provide tools to help affiliate leaders become more effective as IAFF locals continue to evolve to meet the serious challenges facing our union and our members in the 21st century. During the workshop, participants will learn how to assess and to prioritize union resources and how to engage in strategic planning to establish and achieve effective organizational goals. This is the second workshop in the IAFF Union Leadership series.

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

3570 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(866) 227-5938

Reserve your hotel room

The discounted group standard guest room rate is $169/night, plus tax. The cut-off date to book your room is Saturday, May 21, 2022.