Arbitration Training and Labor Relations Conference

 The Annual Montana Arbitration & Labor Relations Conference is sponsored by the Montana Arbitrators Association, Montana Board of Personnel Appeals, Montana Department of Labor & Industry, National Labor Relations Board, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, and the Montana State Bar Dispute Resolution Committee.


Participants receive valuable information concerning arbitration preparation, collective bargaining, and other topics relating to labor relations. Skills learned in the conference can be practically applied to a variety of workplace settings.


2019 Arbitration and Labor Relations Conference

"Labor Relations: Finding Solutions Through the Power of Different Lenses."

IBB/LMC/Affinity Training

September 9, 2019 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Come and join us for a full day of exciting training at the Billings Convention Center. You will experience interactive training for Labor Management Committees (LMC), Interest Based Bargaining (IBB), and the newest method using the Affinity Based Bargaining process. If you are looking for a way to get people to work on a creative level to address difficult issues, this may be what you are looking for.  A great way to learn and start off the Conference. Lunch will be served.


September 10-11, 2019 – This year’s Conference is filled with great learning opportunities! Arbitrators from around the country will speak on topics such as “Past Practice”, “Racial Slurs” and” Last Chance Agreements”. Learn the facts about Marijuana in the Work place. Maybe you are new to bargaining or do you need a refresher? The “Bargaining 101” session and “Mandatory Topics of Bargaining” sessions are sure to answer your questions.

Download your conference materials by clicking on the  links below for PowerPoint Presentation and Handout Materials:

Bargaining 101 - Jessica Bradley PowerPoint  
Mandatory/Permissive/Illegal Topics of Bargaining & Maintaining Status Quo - Matt Thiel, Vickie Nelson McDonald, Michael Dahlem, Jeffrey Weldon  

Colletive Bargaining Outline
2019 Scope of Bargaining

Top 10 ways to Lose Your Arbitration - David Gaba, Howell Lankford   10 Ways Handout
Past Practice - Jeff Jacobs PowerPoint Past Practice Handout
Advocacy Techniques - Jeff Jacobs PowerPoint Advocacy Technique Handout
Off Duty Misconduct - David Stiteler PowerPoint Off Duty Misconduct Handout
Marijuana in the Work Place - David Gaba PowerPoint National Drug Court THC Detection
Social Media - Andy Sever    
MT Employment Updates - Karl Englund, Michael Dahlem PowerPoint 2019 Labor Law Update
Racial Slurs/Secual Harassment - Fred Dichter   ADR Racial Slurs Handout
Last Chance Agreements/Zero Tolerance - Jon Monat, Jerry Hetrick PowerPoint Montana Outline
Montana Project

Registration Fees - Register early and SAVE $50.00

  • September  9th IBB/LMC/Affinity Training Only $ 20.00
  • September 9th–11th (all three days) $270.00 before August 10th (After August 10th $320.00)
  • September 10th-11th Arbitration & Labor Relations Conference Only $250.00 before August 10th (After August 10th $300.00)


Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 40th Annual Montana Arbitration & Labor Relations Conference is now OPEN! Register at to reserve your spot. Take advantage of the early registration and SAVE $50.00.


Billings Convention Center, Billings, Montana

Reserve your rooms now! 406-248-7151

Ask for Montana Labor Arbitration Rooms at State Rate

Or online use Pro-Mo Code “AT919”  (

Contact Information

Max Hallfrisch  (406) 444-0038


Department of Labor & Industry Labor Standards Bureau

1805 Prospect PO Box 201503 Helena MT  59620-1503