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Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference

When: September 18, 2015
8:00 AM
Where: Holiday Inn South Portland / Wilsonville
25425 SW 95th Ave
Wilsonville, Oregon  97070
United States
Contact: Linda Sidney
(503) 293-0011 ext. 319

Online registration is closed.
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Holiday Inn Portland South in Wilsonville, OR

Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for the 2015 Annual ONA Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference this fall. This year's leadership conference, "Powering Up: Challenges and Opportunities," will be Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at the Holiday Inn in Wilsonville. We are excited to present a day of educational sessions focused on honing collective bargaining skills, talking with other leaders about issues nurses are dealing with in their practice and workplace, preparing for future challenges and learning how to capitalize on opportunities as they arise.

Continuing Education

This program is approved by Oregon Nurses Association, CEARP #301.06.2015 for 4.5 contact hours. ONA is an accredited provider approved by Cal BRN, Provider #15089.

Requirements for Successful Completion of this CNE Activity

In order to obtain a Certificate of Successful Completion for this activity, the learner must complete the following criteria:

  • Sign the Verification of Attendance Form at the registration desk
  • Attend one or more sessions
  • Complete and submit the online evaluation form for each session attended by no later than October 16, 2015

Click here to complete the evaluation

Participants who successfully complete the above requirements will receive a Certificate of Successful Completion from ONA for the contact hours claimed during the evaluation process. Participants should only claim the sessions which were attended in full. Any participant who has NOT claimed their contact hours by October 16, 2015 will NOT receive a Certificate of Successful Completion.

Who Should Attend

This conference is specifically for ONA Professional Union Members who are either currently in leadership positions (BU executive team, PNCC members, Staffing Committee members) or those who are interested in taking a more active role in their bargaining unit. ONA Student Affiliate Members are also welcome to attend.


Online registration is now closed. If you are interested in attending but missed the registration deadline, please contact us at for registration options.


In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, ONA will not be providing paper handouts of each presentation at the event. However, many of the presentations will be available online before and after the conference. You can click the links below to open/download the available presentations in PDF format. If you feel you need a printed copy to take notes with, please print it out and bring it with you to the event. Presentations will be posted as they are available, so please check back as the event nears.

Featured Speaker: Gordon Lafer, PhD

Gordon Lafer holds a PhD in Political Science from Yale University and is an Associate Professor at the University of Oregon's Labor Education & Research Center. He has written widely about labor and economic policy, including publications on the nursing shortage and state and federal labor law. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous state legislatures, and in 2009-10 was on leave from the UO to serve as Senior Policy Advisor for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Education and Labor.


Below is a tentative schedule of the day. A more detailed schedule and agenda will be posted and provided to attendees before the event.

 Time Topic/Event
 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
 9:00-9:05 a.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
 9:05-10:05 a.m. Keynote Address: From Wisconsin to Oregon: Understanding Legislative Attacks on Public and Private Sector Employee Rights
Gordon Lafer, PhD, Associate Professor, U of Oregon
 10:05-10:35 a.m.
Fighting Back: The Plan to Stay Strong at ONA
Dan Abernathy and Jenn Baker
 10:35-10:45 p.m.
 10:45-11:45 a.m.
An Overview of What’s Been Happening In Our Union  
Clarice Gerlach. RN, Sharon Rose, RN, and Lydia Hallay
 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Newberg Victory
Minh Nguyen
 12:00-12:50 p.m.
 12:50-1:50 p.m.
Oregon' New Nurse Staffing Law
Jordan Ferris, RN, BSN, CMSRN and Carl Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN®, NEA-BC, FAAN
 1:50-2:50 p.m.
Working Together to Improve Practice and Staffing Standards
Jordan Ferris, RN, BSN, CMSRN and Rob Nosse
 2:50-3:00 p.m.
 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Organizing for Success
Sarah Thompson and Lydia Hallay
 4:00-4:30 p.m. Next Steps: Nurses Leading the Way
Minh Nguyen, Lydia Hallay, and Dan Abernathy
 4:30 p.m.


ONA has a block of rooms reserved for those attendees who are traveling over 100 miles to attend the conference.

If you have questions or want to know if you qualify for a room, please contact Linda Sidney at or by phone at (503) 293-0011 ext 319.


The planners of this CNE activity declare no conflicts of interest in the development and implementation of this educational activity.

The faculty/presenters/authors of this CNE activity declare no conflict of interest. All faculty/presenters/authors for this activity have attested that she/he will provide the best available evidence for this content and present information fairly and without bias.

Driving Directions

The Holiday Inn is off exit 286 going north or south on I-5.

Coming from the South on i5, take exit 286 - North Wilsonville. Take a left off the exit. Go over the freeway pass and then get into the left hand turning lane at the second light, which is 95th Ave. Turn left and the hotel is located on the left side of the street.

Coming from the North on i5, take exit 286 - North Wilsonville. Take a right off the exit. Immediately get into the left hand turning lane at the first light, which is 95th Ave. Turn left and the hotel is located on the left side of the street. They share a driveway with Chervon Gas station.



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