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Virginia Labor Studies Center
Fall 2002/Spring 2003 - Calendar of Events

Virginia Labor-Management Relations Symposium
 Exploring Labor Relations in the Commonwealth.

JOIN US!  May 13 -14, 2003

Richmond Omni Hotel
Magnolia Room
100 South 12th Street
Richmond, VA

 Symposium Flyer          Registration

We are fortunate to have the support of six organizations which are essential to the development of Labor-Management Relations in the Commonwealth.

Virginia AFL-CIO
Virginia Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Department of Labor and Industry
Virginia Employment Commission
Virginia Manufacturers' Association
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service


Join us for an informative discussion on the status of labor-management relations in Virginia.  You will experience various perspectives from both the private and public sectors; hear ‘best practices’ from Virginia organizations that have positive labor relations; and learn how workforce development programs, such as apprenticeship, can impact your organization.  Also, you will receive information on available government programs including voluntary protection programs and group decision-making tools.

At the opening night reception you will enjoy some of Richmond’s finest hor devours as you network with your peers from Virginia’s labor relations’ environment.  Start the symposium off by exchanging stories and laughs with colleagues and friends.

This program will consist of three highly interactive sessions:

In session one, The status of labor-management relations in Virginia will be discussed from three distinct perspectives: Labor, Management, and Government.  Panelists will provide their views on past experiences, and provide insight into areas of mutual benefit and how they can affect Virginia’s future.

Session two will highlight three ‘best practice’ programs that encourage a positive and cooperative climate. You will hear how the programs were initiated, what strategies were used to get through the early stages, and how the overall labor relations’ culture changed from both the labor and management viewpoints.

Session three will explore federal and state government programs, which develop a win-win-win relationship between labor, management, and government.  The panelists will discuss the programs’ elements and benefits, and address resources and assistance available to integrate these programs into your organization.

Keynote Speakers:

Governor Mark Warner : Invited




Hon. Michael J. Schewel - Michael  Schewel grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and attended public schools there. He went to college at Princeton University and law school at the University of Virginia.

As a lawyer, he was engaged in economic development projects in Virginia and across the United States. Until becoming Secretary, he served as the head of McGuire Woods corporate law department, which included approximately 145 lawyers in 9 offices around the country.

Secretary Schewel previously served on the Virginia Fair Housing Study Commission and was a Commissioner of the Virginia Housing Development Authority for eight years. (Source:


 C. Richard Barnes - Following his confirmation in July 2002, Director Peter Hurtgen asked his predecessor, Charles Richard Barnes, to remain with the agency as Deputy Director, a position Barnes had held from 1997 until 1999. 

 Barnes previously served as the 14th Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, having been confirmed by the Senate in November 1999. A resident of Atlanta, Georgia, Barnes brings broad and far-reaching experience in collective bargaining and labor-management relations to his FMCS role and responsibilities.

As Deputy Director, he also led mediation teams in helping to resolve several significant labor-management disputes, including the 1997 strike by 185,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters against the United Parcel Service, the International Association of Machinists and the Kennedy Space Center, and most recently the negotiations between Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and the striking California Nurses Association, affecting 30 primary care hospitals in Northern California. (Source:

Omni Richmond Hotel
Magnolia Room
100 South 12th Street
Richmond, VA

3 or more participants:                   $235.00
Early registration (May 2nd):          $265.00
Late registration:                            $295.00
Rates are per person and include opening day evening reception, admission to all sessions, continental breakfast, lunch and program materials.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 2nd


Follow this link to register or call Tracy Jolley at:
Phone: (80) 828-7484 or toll free 1-800-793-VLSC
Fax: (804) 828-4340

Upon receipt of registration, acknowledgment will be mailed with a map and directions.


Please make arrangements and payments directly with the Reservation Department at The Omni, (800) 843-6664 or (804) 344-7000. Ask for the Labor‑Management Symposium (Virginia Labor Studies Center) rate of  $115.00 plus tax per night. Reservations must be received by April 22, 2003.  All cancellations must be received forty-eight (48) hours prior to scheduled arrival for refund of deposit.  Check‑in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12 noon.

If you wish to receive information on this or future events, follow this link to be added to our mailing list.



Visit this page frequently for Symposium updates or Contact John Hutton.
Phone: (800) 793-8572 or (804) 828-7484
Fax: (804) 828-4340


JUNE 4 - 6, 2003



Sponsored by: Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

To provide affordable safety and health training opportunities to employers, employees and safety and health professionals.

Includes conference materials, continental breakfast, break refreshments and lunch. Advance registration is $100 until April 15, 2003. Registration after that date is $135. Payment must be made by check, VISA or MasterCard.

Cancellations must be submitted in writing by May 15, 2003 in order to receive a refund. An administrative fee of $15 will be charged for cancellation. Substitution of attendees is allowed but notification is needed by May 15, 2003. "No-shows" will not receive a refund.

Reservations should be made directly with Renaissance Portsmouth Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center, 1-888-839-1775. Ask for the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Conference (Department of Labor & Industry) rate which is $108 single and $109 double.

To receive this hotel rate, reservations and deposits must be in by May 1, 2003. Rooms must be guaranteed with either a credit card or first night's deposit.

Parking is available in the City of Portsmouth owned and operated Water Street Garage connected to the Hotel. Parking charges for registered guests are $5 per vehicle per night for self-parking and $8 per vehicle per night for valet parking. Parking fees are charged for day parking.

· Colonial and Tidewater Chapters of the American Society of Safety Engineers
· Central and Tidewater VA Sections of the American Industrial Hygiene Association
· Virginia AFL-CIO
· Virginia Labor Studies Center
· Virginia State Occupational Health Nurses

CEU's and ABIH IH CM Points have been applied for.

For more conference information call 804-786-5873 or 786-6359
or visit:



Virginia Labor Studies Institute
1015 Floyd Avenue, Suite 1113
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
OFFICE: (804) 828-7484 or
(800) 793-VLSC (8572)
FAX: (804) 828-4340

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