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IPS21 ETHICS - Virtual Bargaining and Mediation: An Assessment for the Post-Pandemic Future

Total Credits: 1.25

2021 Illinois Public Sector Conference
Beth Barton |  Brenda D. Pryor |  Dennis L. Weedman
1 Hour 15 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 02, 2021
Product Type:
On Demand - Also available: On Demand  15
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It seems that there is a divergence of thought when it comes to the pandemic and its impact on the future of negotiations and mediation. This presentation will discuss the ethical considerations for attorneys participating in virtual negotiations and mediation, such as their obligations for technical competency and confidentiality/information security. Additionally, the presenters will share some reflections as to their experience with virtual negotiations and mediation, and best practices for attorneys to meet ethical responsibilities via technological competency. We will discuss this in the context of both the current state of the field with respect to bargaining and mediation, and what the future may hold.


Beth Barton's Profile

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UniServ Director

Illinois Education Association, NEA

Beth Barton has worked for the Illinois Education Association as a UniServ Director for 6 years.  During her time at IEA, Beth has bargained many contracts and bargained virtually through the COVID19 pandemic. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Master’s Degree in Reading Education, A Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and a Master’s Degree in School Administration. Prior to joining the IEA, Beth was a teacher for Oak Park District 97.

Brenda D. Pryor's Profile

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Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

Brenda Pryor joined the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in October 2019, as a Commissioner in the Chicago, IL Field Office. In this capacity, she assists parties in the private, public and federal sectors in contract negotiations, in grievance mediation and in resolving workplace disputes. She is available to train labor and management advocates in collective bargaining, contract administration and grievance processing, steward/supervisor relationships, labor management committee structure and process, problem solving, communication and decision making. Prior to her career at FMCS, Ms. Pryor served as an Associate General Counsel for Labor & Employment Law at SIU School of Medicine. Additionally, Ms. Pryor spent a decade as Legal Counsel for the Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600 representing faculty, professional staff, and paraprofessional employees. In both positions, she was engaged in collective bargaining, contract administration, grievance arbitration, and employee training. Ms. Pryor also has extensively presented on a variety of subjects at the national level for the American Bar Association Section on Labor & Employment Law, the AFL-CIO’s Lawyer’s Coordinating Committee, and served as a Co-Chair of the ABA’s ADR in Labor & Employment Law Subcommittee. Additionally, she is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section Council. Ms. Pryor holds a Juris Doctor from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota. Ms. Pryor is a born and raised native of Chicago, IL.

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Robbins Schwartz

Dennis L. Weedman is a partner in the Collinsville office of Robbins Schwartz. He represents school districts, community colleges, county boards and other units of local government in labor negotiations and employment related matters, including complaints and charges of discrimination, wrongful termination litigation, claims of sexual harassment, civil rights violations and unfair labor practice charges. He also advises clients on the handling of grievances, as well as represents public entities in labor arbitration hearings. Mr. Weedman also counsels clients in all areas of personnel management, as well as in the areas of board governance, general education law and student rights and responsibilities. Mr. Weedman has served on the Illinois State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section and is a frequent presenter for the Illinois Association of School Boards and at statewide conferences, including the Chicago-Kent School of Law Public Sector Labor Relations Conference. Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Mr. Weedman served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Illinois Labor Relations Board and was Labor Relations Counsel for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. Mr. Weedman received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

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