Total Credits: 1.25 Illinois
The panel will outline and review the various steps, processes and dynamics involved in successful collective bargaining negotiations in the public sector. The session will be focused on the new practitioner and the skills necessary to be a productive member of a bargaining team. The panel will also share insights gleaned from their wide-ranging collective bargaining experience over the years.
Robb B. Craddock currently serves as Senior Director of Labor and Employee Relations – Illinois Human Resources for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the University, Mr. Craddock serves as chief spokesperson and is responsible for the administration of twenty (20) different labor agreements covering university employees. Mr. Craddock represents the University’s Chancellor in grievance matters. Prior to working for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Robb Craddock served as the Deputy Director of Labor Relations for the Illinois Department of Central Management Services from September 2008 through January 2015. In that role, he successfully handled labor relations matters on behalf of the Office of the Governor. Mr. Craddock represented the largest employer in the State of Illinois. His tenure as the State of Illinois’ chief labor negotiator exposed him to multiple labor unions including American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Service Employees International Union, Teamsters and various trade unions. In 2019, Robb Craddock returned to Illinois Department of Central Management Services in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to serve as Chief Labor Relations Negotiator and Executive Branch Labor Relations Advisor. While in that capacity, he successfully negotiated an agreement with AFSCME Council 31; ending a four (4) year labor dispute. In October 2013, Mr. Craddock accepted on behalf of the Illinois Department of Central Management Services the James Baird Leadership Award for 2013 presented by the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association (IPELRA). This annual award recognizes leadership and achievement in Illinois public sector labor relations. Robb is an at-Large Member of the IPELRA Board of Directors, and a member of the Legislative Advocacy Committee. Mr. Craddock received his Master of Public Administration with a graduate certification in Public Sector Labor Relations from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Mr. Craddock received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western Illinois University.
Anthony McGee has served Teamsters Local 700 as a business agent since 2010. Before joining the Teamsters full-time, Anthony was a rank-and-file member with the Cook County Department of Corrections. While serving as a union steward, Anthony’s natural leadership style and ability to communicate members’ interests at the bargaining table was recognized, and he transitioned into the role of business agent for Local 700. As a business agent, Anthony has experience representing members throughout Local 700’s public employee membership from law enforcement, fire fighters, public works, county and municipal clerks and more. In addition to serving members as a union representative, he has extensive experience in negotiating successful contracts for members from start to finish. Anthony was elected as Vice President of Local 700 in 2019, and had previously served as Trustee for a five-year term.
Jill O’Brien is an Equity Partner at Laner Muchin, Ltd. She is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee and the firm’s Hiring Chairperson. Throughout her 30 years of practice with Laner Muchin, Ltd., her practice has focused on the representation of public and private sector employers in a wide variety of labor relations and employment matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, grievance handling, mediation and interest arbitration hearings. She also defends employers in employment disputes and labor proceedings in court and before agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago Human Rights Commission, the Illinois Department of Labor, and the National Labor Relations Board. She also counsels employers and offers management training programs concerning day-to-day labor and employment and human resource issues such as terminations, disciplinary issues, leaves of absence, policy issues, wage and hour issues. She received a B.S. in law enforcement administration from Western Illinois University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School.