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NKU, Federal Mediation Service to host 34th annual Labor-Management Conference May 17


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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – For more than three decades, Northern Kentucky University and the Federal Mediation Service have brought labor relations professionals together to help advance their field.

“The NKU Labor-Management Conference was started 34 years ago as a peaceful means to bring together members of the labor relations community to discuss current issues and discuss successful cooperation strategies,” said Mike Carrell, Director of NKU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Center. “It is one of the oldest conferences in the country, and under the continuous leadership of Louis Manchise over all 34 years, it grew into the fourth largest conference in the nation.”

The 34th annual Labor-Management Conference will be held Tuesday, May 17 at NKU’s Highland Heights campus. 

Featured keynote speakers are: Allison Beck, Director of Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services along with Douglas Recktenwald, Assistant Fire Chief, Louisville, KY; Brian O’Neill, President of Louisville Professional Firefighters; Michael Duco, Deputy Director of the Office of Collective Bargaining, Ohio; and Christopher Mabe, President of Ohio Civil Service Employees Association.

Workshops will cover the most important issues facing labor-management relations and employment today. Topics include legal updates, workforce challenges and climate, public sector challenges, NLRB/SERB developments, and dispute resolution mechanisms. CLE (Kentucky, Ohio and Ethics) and SHRM credits are pending. 

The Conference will recognize the recipient of the Lifetime Achievements Award and Shelbi Desalvo as the recipient of the Human Resource Management Student Award.

To register, visit or call Deanna Karam at 859-572-5114.