NAEN’s 51st Annual Conference
Working with our Labor Unions to create Positive Labor Relations, Human Resources and Collective Bargaining Success
March 12-16, 2022
Saturday, March 12
5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Board Dinner
Sunday, March 13
12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Title IX Training - Sexual Harassment Investigations
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Let’s all get together to discuss current events! This is a great way to kick off the conference! This discussion will provide participants to network and learn about hot topics in the different provinces.
Let’s all get together to discuss current events! This is a great way to kick off the conference! This discussion will provide participants to network and learn about hot topics in the different states.
4:15 - 5:30 p.m. Lessons from the pandemic. What have we learned over the past two years? What are the lessons from the pandemic both for next year and the next pandemic? What do we need to address or avoid in collective bargaining in response to Covid
Panel discussion and audience participation as we look to the lessons from the last 2 years.
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. President’s Reception
Monday, March 14
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Cannabis and School Employees; Whether legal or illegal, how are we addressing issues of intoxication, social media posts, conflicts with national policy, micro dosing at work, and all the other unforeseen consequences of legal marajuana?
10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
United States Legal Update
Learn what has happened in the last year that directly affects what you do every day! Mr. Worona will share his “year in review” for US members.
Canadian Legal and Update
Learn what has happened in the last year that directly affects what you do every day! Mr. Hines will share his “year in review” for Canadian members.
12:00 to 1:30 LUNCH
1:30-2:30 p.m. Arbitration Pitfalls
How do you choose the right arbitrator, and how to build your case so you win. Simple.
2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Engaging Staff and Improving their Wellbeing; National Insights and Strategies for Schools
All employers see a value to building staff engagement, and schools are no exception to this. In this session we will provide an industry snapshot on unique wellbeing challenges, common program components, budgets and incentives, and measures to evaluate success. Participants should leave with a good understanding of how their efforts compare to their peers, and simple ideas they can implement to make their program more robust.
4:00-5:30 p.m. Canadian Caucus
Hosted by Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
4:00-5:30 p.m. US Caucus
Hosted by MASLA
Tuesday, March 15
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Understanding and minimizing the effects of Bias in Hiring: Ensuring an Equity Approach
This session is intended for all leaders and Human Resource staff involved in the hiring process, to ensure that the interview process minimizes unconscious bias and meets legal commitments in order to equitably recruit, select and promote. This session will also explore best practices for retention strategies once you successfully select and recruit a quality candidate.
10:45 to 12:15 a.m. Employee Shortages and Labor Relations
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. LUNCH AND BUSINESS MEETING
1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Political Speech at Work: As the US and Canada become more socially and politically polarized, how do we deal with political speech at work or outside work that directly affects the work environment? What are the limits on addressing an employee’s social media opinions?
2:30 to 3:30 p.m. What have we learned Part 2? A continuation of our conversation from Sunday over what labor relations lessons we have learned over the past two years.
Wednesday, March 16
9:00 to 12:00 p.m. Difficult Employees; Discipline Issues; Misconduct Investigations; Having Difficult Conversations
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Contract Negotiations; Preparing for Negotiations; Writing Proposals, Working with your team and the Union; Tips and Techniques for a positive process
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting