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Steering the Process through Uncharted Waters: Remote Hearings, Bargaining and Mediation

Total Credits: 1.25 Illinois

Labor Law |  Labor Relations
Jeanne Charles |  Angie Cowan Hamada, JD |  Melissa Sobota |  John J. Weathers
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Original Program Date:
Dec 04, 2020
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On Demand
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The panelists will discuss best practices and provide practical advice for participating in hearings, bargaining and mediation remotely.


Jeanne Charles's Profile

Jeanne Charles Related seminars and products

Arbitrator & Mediator and FSIP Member

National Academy of Arbitrators

Jeanne Charles has a multi-state ADR practice predominately in the areas of workplace disputes. She earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She currently serves as a labor arbitrator on various panels that include the City of Chicago, Chicago Teachers Union, Chicago Transit Authority, IAFF, Internal Revenue Service, the National Treasury Employees Union, AFSCME, and Major League Baseball (MLB). Jeanne is also a Special Magistrate for the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission (PERC) and is listed with the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, and National Mediation Board. She is an adjunct professor at Penn State University’s School of Labor and Employment Relations where she teaches a graduate course in Human Resources and Employment Relations. Jeanne has been inducted into the National Academy of Arbitrators and serves on its Board of Governors. She is also a fellow with the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. More detailed information can be found at

Angie Cowan Hamada, JD's Profile

Angie Cowan Hamada, JD Related seminars and products


Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy

Angie Cowan Hamada is a shareholder at Allison, Slutsky & Kennedy based in Chicago where she represents Unions and employees in labor and employment law matters before state and federal agencies, courts, as well as in arbitration, mediation and negotiations.  She graduated from Chicago Kent Law School in 2005 with a certificate in Labor and Employment Law. She is currently a Commissioner on the Cook County Human Rights Commission, is the program co-chair of the ABA’s Developing Labor Law Section, and is on the Board of Editors of the treatise The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts and the National Labor Relations Act. She regularly speaks on panels providing the Union and employee perspective on various labor and employment law issues.


Melissa Sobota's Profile

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Franczek PC

Melissa Sobota is a partner at Franczek PC. She concentrates her practice in both labor and employment law. Her labor experience includes collective bargaining for schools and higher education institutions, municipalities and county employers. She has experience handling union certification petitions, severance petitions, as well as litigating unfair labor practice charges before the Illinois Labor Relations Board and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. She has also advised employers on medical and insurance benefit plan issues in relation to contract negotiations and employee disputes. Her employment practice includes the defense of employers against discrimination cases filed state court, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. She has also defended employers before the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Illinois Department of Labor, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Her higher education practice includes negotiating collective bargaining agreements, as well as handling grievance arbitrations, unfair labor practice charges, and representation petitions before the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and National Labor Relations Board on behalf of colleges and universities. Prior to private practice, Ms. Sobota worked with the corporation counsel of the City of Chicago in the Labor Division and defended the City in grievance arbitrations regarding contract disputes, discipline, and medical and benefits plans. She is a member of the American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), the Illinois State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), and the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association. She received a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

John J. Weathers's Profile

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Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

John Weathers is Commissioner of Mediation in the Peoria, Illinois field service area of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Mr. Weathers joined the FMCS in 2016 after working as labor counsel for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council (ILFOPLC) in Springfield, IL for over six years. While with the ILFOPLC he negotiated and administered numerous collective bargaining agreements, presented cases in grievance and interest arbitration, and handled various court and labor board issues. Prior to his employment with the ILFOPLC, Mr. Weathers worked for the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) for nearly four years. His duties at CMS included grievance arbitration, unfair labor practices charges filed against state employees and agencies and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements.. Prior to practicing labor law Mr. Weathers was an State of Illinois Assistant Attorney General focused on defending the State in Federal and State Courts against various constitutional claims. Mr. Weathers received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois and his law degree from the Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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