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Contract Interpretation: Surviving the Wilds of Your Collective Bargaining Agreement

Date and Time
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The Arctic Club Seattle
700 3rd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

Join Fisher Phillips labor attorneys Todd A. Lyon and Lisa M. Vickery for a one-day interactive program on surviving collective bargaining agreement. This interactive program covers contract interpretation. Attendees will learn time-honored methods for interpreting the thorniest areas of collective bargaining agreements, from grievance procedures to seniority provisions and management rights. You will learn to wade through the waters of past practice and transfers of bargaining unit work. Attendees participate in hands-on activities, advanced and moderately experienced HR and Labor Relations professionals will test their survival skills so as to avoid the pitfalls of grievance arbitration.

Special Guest
Arbitrator Howell Lankford, member of the National Academy of Arbitrators, will be sharing his insights on which contract interpretation arguments are most persuasive.

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  
Registration, Breakfast and Welcome

8:30 a.m.  - 8:40 a.m.   
Introduction to Interpretation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement

8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.  
Rules of Interpretation

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Evaluating Important Language

10:30 a.m. - 10:45  a.m.  

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.              
Past Practice

11:30 a.m.   - 12:00 p.m.               

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.   

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.     
Investigating and Evaluating a Potential Violation

2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.     

2:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.   
Surviving the Wild: Donner Party

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.     
Wrap Up

Cost: $65

For more information, please email Sheila McShane at

**This program has been submitted to SHRM and the HR Certification Institute for review.

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