TxPELRA Agenda

March 24, 2021

— Tentative Agenda —

Sessions and speakers are subject to change without notice. Please check the app for current updates.

8:30–9:05 a.m. TXPELRA UPDATE

Welcome to the TxPELRA Workshop. Hear the latest activity updates on the TxPELRA Chapter.
TxPELRA President Harold Cates, CPM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Interim Assistant Human Resources Director, City of Fort Worth


Hear the latest activity updates from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association.
Brent Long, President, National Public Employer Labor Relations Association

9:15–10:35 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Promoting Inclusion During the Social Justice Movement

Steve Dye, Deputy City Manager, and Gerald Hodges, Inclusion Coordinator, City of Grand Prairie

10:35–10:50 a.m.
Sponsor Networking Break
10:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Collective Bargaining and Meet and Confer
Julia Gannaway, Partner, Ross |Gannaway, PLLC and Benjamin Gehrt, Attorney, Clark Baird Smith LLP
12:15-12:55 p.m.
Lunch and/or Networking Lounge, Sponsor Visits
12:55–2:25 p.m.
Roundtable – Caring for Self to Effectively Care for Others (what are organizations doing to actively address mental health)
Michelle Gifford, MS CHES®Sr. Wellness Coordinator, City of Plano, Tadd Phillips, HR Director, City of Georgetown, Chief Randy Howell, Fire Chief, City of University Park and Chief Jeff Spivey, Police Chief, City of Irving
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Grievances in a Virtual World: Pandemic- [CORONAVIRUS]
Clarissa M. Rodriguez, Partner and Rebecca Hayward, Partner, Denton, Navarro, Rocha, Bernal, & Zech, P.C.
3:40–5:15 p.m. Labor Relations Legal Update

Bettye will present her annual “Tour around Texas” discussing developments in Texas municipal labor relations during the past year. Numerous new collective bargaining and meet and confer agreements have been negotiated during 2020, and several of them have included topics and language that will be of interest to all attendees. Bettye will also update attendees on pending and completed litigation related to labor relations.

Speaker: Bettye Lynn, Attorney,  Lynn Law, PLLC