The 10th District Caucus and the Partnership Education Program (PEP) training event will be held for the affiliate leaders of Arizona, California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and CNMI on Oct. 24-25, 2022, at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco, California.

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.

Registration is now open to all affiliate leaders in the 10th District. The registration fee is $135. Early registration is strongly encouraged.

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

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Sunday, Oct. 23
Travel In and networking/fraternal activities
Monday, Oct. 24
8-9 a.m.Breakfast | Continental 6
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m.Registration | East Lounge
9 a.m.-12 p.m.General Session | Continental 5
See details in Agenda
12-1:30 p.m.Lunch | On your own
1:30-3:30 p.m.PEP Breakouts
3:30-3:45 p.m.Break
3:45-5:45 p.m.PEP Breakouts
6-7:30 p.m.
Reception | Off Site
Tuesday, Oct. 25
7-8:30 a.m.Breakfast | Continental 6
8:30-9:30 a.m.Expert Discussion Topic breakouts:

  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • PAC/Political
  • Presidents
9:30-9:45 a.m.Break
9:45-11:45 a.m.PEP Breakouts
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Break & Raffle Drawing
12:45-2:45 p.m.PEP Breakouts

Workshop Breakout Rooms:

  • Negotiations Track | Continental 4
  • Communications Track | Continental 3
  • Politics & Public Relations Track | Continental 2
  • Health & Safety Track | Continental 1

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 10th District PEP event, choose one of the workshop tracks below, each with a total of eight hours of instruction offered over two days (Oct. 24-25).

Communications Track

Media Strategies & 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.

Crisis Communications (2 hours)
Effectively addressing a crisis requires organization and planning. This workshop will address how to plan and organize in the case of a crisis and how to communicate with the public and media when crisis occurs.

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.

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.


Health & Safety Track

Disaster Relief: Assisting Members in Preparation & Recovery (2 hours)
When disasters strike, fire fighters are called to respond even while their own families may be displaced and their homes damaged or destroyed. Therefore, it is important that IAFF leaders be aware of several preparation and recovery tools in order to best protect their members in the event of a natural or manmade disaster. This workshop will detail how affiliate leaders can best prepare members and their families for a disaster by learning about proactive family and department plans, communication tools and disaster relief resources.

Fighting Performance/Service-Level Threats (2 hours)
Fire departments are being asked to do more with less. Many jurisdictions are hiring consultants to examine budgets and find ways to save money. Affiliate leaders need to understand how to be proactive if their jurisdiction hires a consultant. This workshop will provide affiliate leaders with an understanding of the possible negative impacts on staffing and performance/service levels. In addition, this workshop will address strategies and ways to combat potential negative recommendations.

Cancer Awareness: Tools for Affiliate Leaders (2 hours)
It has been clearly documented in multiple studies that fire fighters are more likely to develop a number of occupational cancers resulting from their exposure to toxic chemicals and carcinogens over the course of their employment. This workshop will review recent studies on the incidence of cancer in fire fighters and will guide affiliate leaders on the resources available to educate their members on exposure hazards, from fire scene contaminants and diesel exhaust, and the necessity of post-incident decontamination. This workshop will also review the tools necessary to affect personal commitment and organizational accountability to minimize the contraction of occupational cancers.

An Introduction to Behavioral Health (2 hours)
The fire service has traditionally recognized the need for medical and physical fitness. However, the need to further develop knowledge and awareness about common behavioral health issues is also being recognized as an important function within the fire service. This workshop will address the importance of developing a behavioral health program, recognizing common signs of behavioral health conditions, where to obtain outside assistance, as well as understanding and minimizing the barriers and stigmas often associated with seeking support.


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.


Politics & Public Relations Track

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.

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.

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.

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.


Handlery Union Square Hotel

351 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 781-7800

Reserve your room at the Handlery hotel.

Hilton Union Square

333 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(800) 445-8667

Reserve your room online.
The cut-off date for the group rate is Sept. 27, 2022.

Guests can also call 1-800-HILTONS and refer to group code: IAF. The hotel rate is $249 plus tax and the cut-off date for the discount rate is Oct. 2.