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December 6, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Time Details:
Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The end of year reception will immediately follow the workshop.
Riverway Auditorium
(part of the Riverway Rosemont development)
6133 N. River Road

Rosemont, IL
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A Conversation with Union Leaders

Thursday, December 6, 2018

We have invited some of the most prominent Union advocates in Illinois to join us at our year end program and share their perspective on public sector labor relations.  Jim Baird, Clark Baird Smith LLP, will moderate the discussion. So far, the following individuals have accepted our invitation to appear and speak to our group: 

J. Dale Berry – A long-time General Counsel, negotiator and legislative strategist to the AFFI, and pioneer in Illinois labor law.

Tamara Cummings – Legal Counsel to the Illinois FOP Labor Council since 2003, and currently FOP General Counsel.

Joseph Mazzone – For over 35 years, Joe has served as legal counsel the Metropolitan Alliance of Police.  He currently serves as MAP’s “Chief Counsel” and negotiator.

Ken Edwards – Holding the title of “Senior Counsel” for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, Ken has served the Union as an attorney and chief negotiator for over 20 years. 

Moderator Jim Baird is one of the Founding Partners of Clark Baird Smith, LLP.  Jim’s law practice is particularly focused on the representation of public and private sector management clients in union representation, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitration, workplace counseling and unfair labor practice matters.  He has successfully negotiated over 200 collective bargaining agreements on behalf of public, private and federal employers throughout the country.

This is a great opportunity to hear the Union perspective on police, fire, and civilian employee labor issues and trends.

This training is intended for management personnel who are not represented by a labor union. This includes HR Directors, Managers, and Department Directors.


  • To register and pay via check, click HERE.
  • To register and pay online with a credit card, click HERE (you will be redirected to the NPELRA website. Members should click on “existing customers” and will need their NPELRA user id and password to get the member rate. Non-members and organizational associates of members should click on “new customers.”).


  • $75 Members & Organizational Associates Of Members (OAM)*
  • $95 Non-Members 

*Organizational Associates of Members are other employees of the same employer as a current IPELRA member.

Registration confirmation and any other communications to program registrants will be sent via email. If you do not receive a confirmation by November 30, 2018, please contact IPELRA Secretariat, Debi Stensland. Please insure your internal network security will allow email communications from to avoid your confirmation being lost in a spam filter.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:
All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing and received by November 30, 2018 to qualify for a refund. An administrative fee based on current per person costs may be deducted. Cancellations received after November 30, 2018 are non-refundable. No-shows are non-refundable.