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Labor Relations & Negotiations Institute 

2024 CalGovHR
Labor Relations & Negotiations Institute

September 24 - September 27, 2024

South Point Hotel Casino & Spa

Las Vegas

Early Bird Registration Is Now Open!


What is the CalGovHR Labor Relations & Negotiations Institute?

Uniquely developed by CalGovHR, California’s leading and premier organization dedicated to the support of public sector and nonprofit HR professionals and their career growth, the Labor Relations & Negotiations Institute offers an in-depth training and “hands on” training experience for those who are interested in learning the different aspects of labor relations, including an overview of the various labor relations statutes, what a memorandum of understanding (MOU) consists of, the labor negotiations process, grievances and arbitration, how mediation works to resolve labor disputes, unfair labor practices, and concerted activity and strikes.

In addition, union side instructors will also provide pointers on tips in achieving collaborative management-labor relationships, understanding how unions work, and their unique perspectives when disagreements occur, so attendees walk away with a balanced and complete perspective of effective labor relations.

As a “uniquely CalGovHR” program, our Institute faculty was carefully selected based upon their legal/HR experience and expertise, and they offer both the technical and practical knowledge needed to succeed as a public sector HR professional.

In addition, this program offers a unique mock arbitration experience, where attendees will gain “hands on” experience working as either a labor or management advocate, and work with the faculty to put on a mock arbitration, presided by a real-life arbitrator!

The faculty consists of attorneys with many years of experience who will work with attendees in small groups to take part in the mock arbitration, so you will walk away with an “almost real life” experience to gain a complete understanding of how arbitration really works.

Throughout the training, there will also be other small group exercises where attendees can practice their negotiating skills, resolving disputes, and utilizing mediation to get to “yes.”


What Sets This Institute Apart from Other Technical HR Training?

Topics & Schedule

The Institute offers three days of consecutive and intensive training on virtually all topics related to labor relations. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities for “hands on” experience, as you will be working in small groups alongside our experienced faculty. Plus, enjoy the professional networking to connect with your classmates and faculty in a fun, encouraging and supportive learning environment!

Download the full program by clicking the button.


Day #1
Wednesday, September 25

  • Welcome & Introductions

  • Overview of the National Labor Relations Act & California Public Sector Labor Relations Statutes

  • The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

  • Labor Negotiations

  • Group Activity - Negotiations

  • Getting to "Yes"

  • Evening Welcome Reception


Day #2
Thursday, September 26

  • Grievances and Arbitration

  • Unfair Labor Practices

  • Concerted Activity and Strikes

  • Understanding How Unions Work

  • The Public Employment Relations Board (PERB)

  • Mediation and Conciliation Service

  • A Primer on How Mediation Works

  • Celebration Dinner


Day #3
Friday, September 27

  • Mock Arbitration before Arbitrator Loretta van der Pol

  • Bench Decision

  • Post-Mock Analysis and Discussion

  • Farewell


Training Location

Where Is The Traning Held?

For the first-time in CalGovHR’s history, we will be hosting the training in fabulous Las Vegas. We chose this location because it’s one of the world’s most famous and iconic cities, offering a host of possibilities including convenient access via Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and car travel, proximity to Southern California, world-class amenities, fine dining, shopping, entertainment and fun. All of these factors contribute to an excellent learning atmosphere where you will be making lifelong professional connections while taking in all the amazing opportunities Las Vegas has to offer.

On the Strip, you can take a spin on the world’s largest observation wheel, the High Roller, ride on a Venetian gondola or watch the iconic Fountains of Bellagio. Away from the Strip, Las Vegas has an collection of acclaimed museums covering atomic testing, neon signs and the mob--topics deeply connected to the city. Outside of the city, the Mojave Desert is filled with hiking and biking trails, scenic drives and expansive desert vistas. Learn more about all the attractions the city has to offer here

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The Venue

CalGovHR is pleased to partner with the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa for our 2024 Institute. As the largest locals' hotel in Las Vegas, the hotel stands at 25 stories and includes 2,163 rooms. In addition, the resort hosts an equestrian center (South Point Arena), a movie theatre (Century Theatres), a  64-lane bowling center, the Grandview Lounge, six restaurants and a buffet, and a 400-seat showroom with weekly entertainers. The resort has over 150,000 sq ft of convention space, allowing for ample space for training, networking and comfort. The group rate includes guest room wifi, fitness center access, self-parking and valet services, airport shuttle services, and 24/7 business center access.

As a courtesy to our attendees, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa will extend a discounted room rate at $72 per night (plus a discounted $22/day resort fee and applicable taxes). 


For those wishing to extend their stay through the weekend, the weekend rate is $165 per night (plus resort feed and applicable taxes).  


To reserve your hotel room, please click here, or call South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa at (866) 791-7626 and ask for the CalGovHR Labor Relations Institute group rate. 


Book your room early, as availability is limited.

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What About Hotel Costs?

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How Do I Book The Complimentary Airport Shuttle?

Reservation is required for the complimentary Airport Shuttle, which runs from Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) to the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, which is located approximately 15 minutes away from the Airport, and at the end of Las Vegas Blvd.  

Please call (866) 791-7626 to reserve your ride at least 24 hours in advance, subject to space and availability.

South Point's Airport Shuttle from Harry Reid Airport should be met at Level Zero at Terminal 1. The shuttle is white and blue and has very distinguished South Point logos on it. For those guests arriving at Terminal 3, please take the Harry Reid Airport tram from Terminal 3 to Terminal 1. Once you arrive at Terminal 1, proceed to the South Point Shuttle. When returning to the airport, the shuttle from the South Point picks up in Valet which is located at the east entrance of the hotel.

The shuttle schedule is available online here.


A full (hot) breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments are covered for the entire duration of the program.  South Point Hotel, Casino, and Spa will accommodate special dietary restrictions, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc. 


In addition, in order to maximize networking opportunities, a Welcome Reception is planned on Wednesday, September 25, evening (which is the first day of the Institute), and a Celebration Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, for you to enjoy great food and even better company, including our faculty who have made the institute possible.

Are Meals Covered?

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What Are The Class Times?

All classes are scheduled daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


Breakfast and registration are available each day beginning at 8:00 a.m. 


Lunch will be served daily, and short breaks are typically scheduled both in the morning and afternoon.

The registration fee covers all course materials and instructions, as well as a full (hot) breakfast and lunch daily, plus evening reception, and celebration dinner.  A certificate of completion will be provided upon conclusion of the training.  

Overnight lodging, and transportation to and from the Institute are not included.


What Is Included In The Registration Fee?


Will I Earn Recertification Credits?

CalGovHR is a SHRM Recertification Provider.  This Institute program is valid for 24.0 PDCs toward SHRM-CP and SHRP-SCP recertification.

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CalGovHR is a recognized provider of recertification credits.  This program has been submitted to the HR Certification Institute for review.  


The Association for California Governmental Human Resources Professionals (CalGovHR) is an approved State Bar of California MCLE provider #18682, and certifies that the Labor Relations Institute is approved for 24 hours of General MCLE credit. 


Registration includes: Institute Training, Networking Events (Wednesday Welcome Reception& Thursday Celebration Dinner), and Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks.

Space is limited, So sign up today by clicking the Register Today links below.

Member Pricing

With Payment By
August 25, 2024


Includes: Institute Training, Networking Events (Wednesday Welcome Reception & Thursday Celebration Dinner), and Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks

Non-Member Pricing

With Payment By
August 25, 2024


Includes: Institute Training, Networking Events (Wednesday Welcome Reception & Thursday Celebration Dinner), and Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks

Member Pricing

With Payment AFTER
August 25, 2024


Includes: Institute Training, Networking Events (Wednesday Welcome Reception & Thursday Celebration Dinner), and Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks

Non-Member Pricing

With Payment AFTER
August 25, 2024


Includes: Institute Training, Networking Events (Wednesday Welcome Reception & Thursday Celebration Dinner), and Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks

Our 2024 Institute Faculty

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