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ONA's annual Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference will be held Sept. 19-20, 2017 in Portland, OR.

 Export to Your Calendar 9/19/2017 to 9/20/2017
When: Sept. 19-20, 2017
Where: 921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, Oregon  97204
United States
Contact: Cara Olexa

Online registration is available until: 9/8/2017
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Save the Date: ONA Annual Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference
Sept. 19-20, 2017
Portland, OR

Upgrade your nurse leadership skills at ONA’s Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference Sept. 19-20 at the Portland Hilton and Executive Towers in downtown Portland.
  • Solve local issues through concerted actions
  • Build strength through issue-based organizing
  • Identify and develop nurse leaders

Join ONA nurses and staff from across Oregon to discover new ways to engage your coworkers, build nurse strength and create a community of committed advocates who can lead changes in your facility.


Participants will be able to improve their leadership skills in the workplace and identify other potential leaders in the field of nursing.

Agenda and Topics

This year, participants will chose one of two educational tracks to attend with sessions designed to develop and hone skills related to that topic. The tracks are:

  • Building Power Through Bargaining
  • Building Power Through Workplace Action

Session Details

The following sessions have been confirmed. A full schedule will be posted as it has been finalized. All sessions are subject to change.

"Building Power through Bargaining" track sessions:

  • Contract Campaigns
  • Effective Bargaining Committees
  • Setting Bargaining Priorities

"Building Power through Workplace Action" track sessions:

  • Issues Campaigns
  • Building Membership with the Loss of Fair Share
  • Strategies for Building Power in Committees

Who Can Attend

The Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference is open for ONA Professional Union Members and Student Affiliates. If you want to attend but are unsure about your membership status, please contact us to determine eligibility.


This leadership event is FREE for ONA members and student affiliates. Due to the nature of the schedule, members must attend both days of the event.

Conference registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 8. The registration cancellation deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 13.

Nursing Contact Hours

Attendees will be able to earn continuing nursing education contact hours at the conference. Information about which courses and sessions qualify for CE and the number of CE hours offered will be posted before the start of the conference.

Oregon Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Travel and Lodging

ONA has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Portland Downtown for conference participants who live 100 miles or more away from the conference location. If you meet this distance requirement and attend both days of the conference (Sept. 19 and 20), ONA will cover the cost of your room plus tax for the nights of Sept. 18 and 19, 2017.

The conference will take place at the Hilton Portland Downtown (921 SW 6th Ave., Portland, OR 97204).

Note that this offer is only available for conference participants who live 100 miles or more away from the conference location and attend both days of the conference. If you reserve a room in the ONA block, you will be responsible for incidental charges incurred during your stay (room service, etc.).

When you register online for the conference, you will be given the option to go to the Hilton Portland Downtown’s room reservation webpage to reserve a room in the ONA block (provided you meet the distance requirement). You can also call the Hilton to reserve a room in the ONA block; please be sure to ask for a room in the ONA block and provide the block reservation number so that ONA will bear the cost of the room plus tax. Instructions for calling plus the block reservation number will be provided when you register online for the conference.

*Note: When reserving your room, you will be asked to provide a credit card number. As long as you are making your reservation via the Hilton’s “Oregon Nurses Association” reservation form, your credit card will not be charged for the cost of the room plus tax unless you make a short-notice (less than 72-hour) cancellation per Hilton policy. If you have questions or concerns about credit card charges, please contact the Hilton Portland Downtown directly by calling 503-226-1611.

The deadline to reserve a room in the ONA block at the Hilton is Aug. 18, 2017.

If you have specific questions about features and services at the Hilton (accessibility, amenities, etc.), please visit the Hilton Portland Downtown website or call them directly at 503-226-1611.


For attendees staying at the Hilton, parking will be included in the fee for their room. For those not staying at the hotel, parking vouchers for the Hilton parking lot (921 SW 6th Ave) will be provided upon arrival at the conference.


If you have questions about eligibility or the process, please contact Cara Olexa at

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