TxPELRA Agenda

January 30, 2019

—Tentative Agenda—
Sessions and speakers are subject to change without notice. Please check the app for current updates.
8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Registration 


Check in at the registration desk when you arrive.
8:30–9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast


Breakfast provided for all conference attendees.
9:00–9:15 a.m. Welcome and TxPELRA Update Welcome to the TxPELRA and/or Civil Service Workshops. Hear the latest activity updates on the TxPELRA Chapter.

Speaker:TxPELRA President  Harold Cates, CPM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Human Resources Manager, City of Fort Worth


9:15–9:30 a.m. National PELRA Update The National Public Employer Labor Relations Association provides Professional Development, Networking, and Advocacy Services to Labor Relations and Human Resources professionals, so that public sector employers may deliver the most efficient and effective services to citizens & taxpayers. National PELRA is a network of state and regional affiliates with over 2,400 members around the country. The governmental agencies represented in National PELRA employ more than four million workers in federal, state, and local government.

Speaker: National PELRA President, Michael A Crotty, Assistant Village Manager/Human Resources Director, Village of Wheeling,  IL

9:30–10:45 a.m. TXPELRA Keynote 

Surviving the Las Vegas Shooting

Retired Seguin Deputy Chief Bruce Ure was backstage at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017 when the worst mass shooting in American history occurred. He is credited for saving three lives, including placing a tourniquet on a victim, commandeering a vehicle and transporting three critically injured victims to a local trauma center. Bruce Ure uses his experience from this tragic event to deliver his chronological events of the evening, deliver a personal message of survival, as well as lessons learned, post-shooting EAP considerations, and offer encouragement to those who might face tragic, similar circumstances in the future because it is not if another mass shooting in America will happen, but rather when.

Speaker: Bruce Ure, President, Ure Consulting Group


10:45–11:00 a.m. Refreshment Break


 Refreshments availble for all attendees
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS
Track I

Collective Bargaining: Operation “Negotiations” Preparation, tactics, Traps, and More

Collective bargaining agreements can tie an employer’s hands for years to come, making it exceedingly difficult to manage and control a public employer’s personnel costs.  Poorly drafted contracts can have unintended consequences many years in the future.  In this session, Ben and Julia will present a tag-team effort, with Julia delivering important tips and tricks on what Texas employers are and are not required to do in collective bargaining.  Ben will share his perspective from Illinois, where for decades organized labor has had much broader bargaining rights.  Together, Ben and Julia will help attendees know what types of contract language should be avoided, and what to put in its place.

Speaker: Julia Gannaway, Partner, Ross|Gannaway, PLLC and Benjamin E. Gehrt, Partner,  Clark Baird Smith, LLP


Track II

Interviews, Trials and Tribulations: The Do’s and Don’ts in HR Investigations

Hear the real truth from a Counsel Investigator with real trial experience. From conference room to the courtroom, attendees will learn the necessary elements to develop reliable and defendable HR Investigations while keeping the workplace safe for both the alleged wronged, alleged wrongdoers and maintaining trust in the administration.

Speaker: George E. Hyde, Attorney & Counselor at Law, Russell Rodriguez Hyde Bullock, LLP

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Noon–1:30 p.m. Lunch on you own


Trolley service is available to take participants to near by restaurants.
Track I

Collective Bargaining: Improving Your Chances to Avoid and Defend Grievances and Arbitration

You’ve finally terminated that problem employee, or made an important decision regarding the application of benefits, scheduling, or vacation time.  Now, an employee or union is challenging your decision and a third-party arbitrator, who knows nothing about your community or your workforce, is going to decide whether you were right or wrong.  This session will explore what is needed to prevent grievances from occurring in the first place, and when they do occur, what you need to do to educate the arbitrator and successfully defend management’s decisions.

Speaker: Julia Gannaway, Partner, Ross|Gannaway, PLLC. and Benjamin E. Gehrt, Partner,  Clark Baird Smith, LLP

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Track II

Consensus Building


Gain valuable tips on methods to help your negotiations by building consensus.

Speaker: Mike McMillion, President and Professional Speaker, The McMillion Group

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2:45-3:00 p.m. Refreshment Break Refreshments availble for all attendees
3:00–5:00 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 2018, 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, of Counsel, Lloyd Gosselink Attorney at Law, and Owner,  Lynn Law, PLLC
5:30–6:45 p.m. Fire Side Chat
Co-sponsored by CPS HR Consulting
This is your opportunity to engage in candid conversations with experienced human resources leaders about the trials, triumphs, and lessons learned from their years of practice in the sector. Hear inspirational stories and get honest answers to the questions you have been reluctant to ask. Light appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar.
Panelists: Craig Barnes, IPMA-SCP, Human Resources Strategic Solutions Manager, City of Plano and Robert Lavigna, Director, CPS HR Institute for Public Sector Employee Engagement
Moderator: Joshua Smith, SPHR, CSSBB, IPMA-CP, Principal Consultant, CPS HR Consulting

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