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Save the Date: The 2019 ONA Annual Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference will be held April 10-11, 2019 at the Hilton Portland Downtown.

4/10/2019 to 4/11/2019
When: April 10-11, 2019
Where: HIlton Portland Downtown
921 SW 6th Ave
Portland, Oregon  97204
United States
Contact: Christina Sailler
503-293-0011 ext 1323

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2019 ONA Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference

April 10-11, 2019, Hilton Portland Downtown


Learn how to develop and cultivate your voice in your workplace at ONA’s Bargaining Unit Leadership Conference April 10-11, 2019 at the Portland Hilton and Executive Towers in downtown Portland.

Discover how to build power and create a community of committed advocates to lead changes in your workplace. Topics will include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Advocacy
  • Building a Stronger Unit
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Staffing Committee Training
  • Issue Organizing
  • Personal Skill Development

Who Should Attend

Emerging and existing bargaining-unit member leaders should attend this conference. Student Affiliates may also attend if space is available. If you want to attend but are unsure about your membership status, please contact us to determine eligibility.


Registration is open and is FREE for ONA members and student affiliates to attend.

Keynote Speaker

ONA is proud to present our keynote speaker, Sylvia Mendez. Sylvia Mendez is the daughter of Gonzalo Mendez, a Mexican immigrant and Felicitas Mendez, a Puerto Rican immigrant, who fought so that Sylvia could have an equal education through the landmark court case battle of Mendez v. Westminster, et al.

In 1943, students of Mexican decent were required to enroll in separate schools from Caucasian children. When Sylvia was in third grade, she and her siblings were denied admission to the segregated, "white school" near their Orange County home. The Mendez family fought back. Their 1947 victory desegregated public schools in California and became an example for broader decisions, such as the Brown v Board of education.

Sylvia Mendez's sole intent is to convey the importance of obtaining an education by encouraging students to stay in school and continue their education. Sylvia is available to speak at schools and other educational forums to educate others regarding her parents fight for desegregation of schools in California.

Schedule and Agenda

Wednesday, April 10

 Time  Event
 7:30 a.m.
 8:30 a.m.
 8:45 a.m.
  ONA Town Hall for Statewide Elections
 10:15 a.m.          
  Building a Stronger Bargaining Unit
 11:45 a.m.
  Lunch Panel Discussion: Building Power in the Union Healthcare Environment
 1 p.m.
  Personal Skills
 2:30 p.m.
 3 p.m.
  Communications Skills
 4:30 p.m.
  End of Day
 6-9 p.m.
  Evening Social Activity

Thursday, April 11

Time  Event
 7:30 a.m.
 8:30 a.m.
  Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Mendez
 10:30 a.m.
  Breakout Sessions (attend one)

       Issue Organizing to Build Power
         Advocacy and Nursing Leadership
         Organizing Conversations: Getting the Story
         Effective Executive Committees
         Staffing Plan Writing Workshop
         Mapping Your Workplace
 12 p.m.
 1 p.m.-
2:30 p.m.
  Breakout Sessions (attend one)
       Stewards Training Part 1 (must attend part 2 as well)
         Advocacy and Nursing Leadership
         Staffing Plan Writing Workshop
         Effective Executive Committees
 2:30 p.m.
 3-4:30 p.m.
  Breakout Sessions (attend one)
         Stewards Training Part 2

       Issue Organizing to Build Power

       Mapping Your Workplace

       Organizing Conversations: Getting the Story
 4:30 p.m.
  End of Day


Evening Social Event

ONA will be hosting a social gathering for all attendees on Wednesday, April 10, 6-9 p.m. at the Punch Bowl Social, located at 340 SW Morrison St #4305, Portland, OR 97204 (approximately 4 blocks from the conference venue).

Make sure you plan to join your colleagues for an opportunity to have some fun!

Travel and Lodging

ONA members who must travel 80 miles or more roundtrip to attend the conference may be eligible for lodging and reimbursement.

The deadline to reserve a room in the ONA block at the Portland Hilton has passed. If you qualify for lodging, you can reserve a room at a different hotel and submit a form for reimbursement for up to $189/night after the conference. If you have questions about if you qualify, please contact

Continuing Education

Participants will be able to earn continuing nursing education contact hours.

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

Criteria for Successful Completion

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

  1. Check-in and sign the Verification of Attendance Form at the registration desk each day you attend
  2. Complete and submit the online evaluation form within 30 days

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.

Click here to access the evaluation

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