Bargaining in Hard Times Conference

9:00am- 4:00pm, May 20, 2011
LEARN at Rutgers University
Labor Education Center
50 Labor Center Way
New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901

Purpose of the Conference:

Fiscal crisis in government is real and scope of negotiation is narrow in New Jersey. How should labor unions prepare for such a difficult bargaining environment? This conference is designed for unions representing government workers and offers leading experts’ views on how to bargain in such a difficult fiscal environment.

Issues to be covered:

What are the key economic challenges (e.g., compensation, pension, and health insurance premium) facing local government workers in New Jersey? How are local government budgets formulated? What are the principles of understanding the budget? How does one identify fiscal red flags? What are possible solutions to fiscal crisis?
How do you estimate cost of your contract proposal? How do you deal with narrow scope of negotiation?


Dr. Jeffrey H. Keefe, Rutgers University, is an expert on public sector compensation issues.
Dr. Henry A. Coleman, Rutgers University, is an expert on state and local public finance.
Mr. Ira W. Mintz, Esq., Weissman & Mintz LLC, is an expert on scope of negotiation and former General Counsel of NJ PERC

Credit available: 6 NJ CLE hours, .5 CEUs

Registration fee:

$125.00, continental breakfast and lunch included. Call 732-932-9504 if you have questions.