California Chapters:
Central California (Fresno), Gold Rush (Oakland/San Jose), Inland Empire (Riverside/San Bernardino), Northern California (Sacramento), Orange County (Anaheim), San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Southern California (Los Angeles)


President: Nancy A. Biagini, CWA
1st Vice President:
Daniel Berkley
2nd Vice President:
Rumi Ueno
Jerry Allen, FMCS
This newly formed 86-member chapter affiliated with the National in 1998. On October 1, the chapter held its first election of officers and cosponsored a day-long renewal conference with the California Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, FMCS, and the University of California-Berkeley. The theme was "Hot Topics in Labor Relations: Taking Us into the 21st Century." The morning keynote was "The Pros and Cons of Labor-Management Partnership" with speakers Gary Fernandez, Kaiser Permanente and Vice President of the Partnership Committee, and Peter diCicco, AFL-CIO and Executive Director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente unions. Other topics included "New Ergonomic Laws," "Alternative Dispute Resolution," "Just Cause and Discipline," "Interest-based Negotiations," and "Wrongful Termination: Reality and Impact on Litigants, Unions and the Community." The chapter will meet for luncheon meetings in January, March, and April.

Dues are $10.

Jerry E. Allen

Airport Corporate Center
7677 Oakport Street, Room 550
Oakland CA 94621
Fax: 510/885-0882

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CALIFORNIA: INLAND EMPIRE (Riverside/San Bernardino)

President: Laurie Stalnaker, Central Labor Council AFL-CIO
Vice President: Tony Hernandez, San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department, Labor Detail
Secretary-Treasurer: Paul Parsons, Hotel and Restaurant Employees Union Local 535
Duane Snider, Stater Bros.

The 52-member chapter holds dinner meetings several times a year and cosponsors an all-day labor-management conference and luncheon. The chapter co-sponsors the Southwest Labor-Management Conference with the Arizona, Inland Empire and Southern Nevada IRRA Chapters, the FMCS, and the NLRB. The conference will be held December 1-5, 2002 at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. Members had the opportunity to meet and greet the new 2002 officers. The May 2003 meeting topic was Pros and Cons of Legislation concerning Workmen's Compensation, Overtime, and Prevailing Wage with panelists Bill Lathrop, President UFCW #1167, Robert Vines, Attorney-Offices of Rose, Klein and Marias, and Annor Gowdy, Controller, Human Resource Manager for Brickley Environment. The March 2004 meeting will feature the election of officers.

Dues are $25 regular, $10 student or retired.

Affiliated with National IRRA December 1986.

Laurie Stalnaker
, Central Labor Council AFL-CIO,
1074 E LaCadena Dr #1
Riverside, CA 92501
(909) 825-7871

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President: Jerilou Cossak, Arbitrator/Mediator
  Robert Gorham
The 39-member chapter holds monthly luncheon meetings. The January 2002 meeting, at the Firehouse Restaurant, featured speaker Steve Smith, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations. Mr. Smith discussed the topic “Protecting California Workers’ Health and Safety”. The March meeting featured the topic The Lessons Drawn from Teaching Collaborative Labor Relations in Foreign Countries, presented by Neil Bodine, Partner, Beeson, Tayer & Bodine. The May 2002 meeting topic was Current Issues in Labor Affairs: A local Elected Official's (& Assembly Candidate's) Perspective. Lois Wolk, Yolo County Supervisor and Democratic Candidate for State Assembly District 8, discussed this topic. The April 2003 meeting featured the topic Tribal Casinos and Labor Relations:  What are the Odds?; A Panel Discussion with panelists Jack Gribbon, California Political Director, Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE), International Union; Harlan Goodson, Director, Division of Gambling Control, Department of Justice; and Howard Dickstein, Partner, Dickstein and Zerbi.

Dues are $35.

Affiliated with National IRRA in December 1977.

Jerilou Cossak
, Arbitrator/Mediator
3231 Ouandt Rd.
Lafayette, CA 94549-2638
(925) 939-1904
Fax: (925) 939-1904

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President: Lloyd Loomis, Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal
Executive Vice President
: David Adelstein, Geffner and Bush
Vice President: Sara Adler, Arbitrator
Treasurer: Dee Zasio
Secretary: Sherry Bolander, Orange Co. Transportation Authority


OCIRRA, a chapter with over 200 members, has a history of activism, producing several members who have gone on to participate in various levels in the national organization. Many former chapter presidents, who remain active in the chapter long after their terms have expired, are now leaders of the national IRRA. The OCIRRA chapter was awarded an Outstanding Chapter Award in 2003, with merit awards for chapter-to-national relations, outstanding programming, consistent chapter excellence, and member innovation. Likewise, the chapter was recognized in 2002 for outstanding programming and consistent chapter excellence. These awards are proudly displayed at chapter events.

OCIRRA sponsors 5 dinner program meetings a year. The programs always address the most contemporary labor relation issues. The programs are conducted in meeting rooms at the Coast Anaheim Hotel, 1855 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, CA. Program registration begins at 6 p.m. A no-host bar follows. An enjoyable dinner is served at 7 p.m. The program begins at 8 p.m. and is usually over around 9 p.m. Parking at the hotel is included in the cost. Dinner meetings are currently $37/nonmembers and $32/members. MCLE Credit. Chapter elections are conducted at the January dinner meeting.

The 22nd Annual OCIRRA Labor Law Conference was held in Anaheim, in conjunction with NLRB and FMCS. The conference, considered one of the best in the Western United States, always provides cutting edge discussions of matters at the forefront of labor relations. The morning plenary session this year will be devoted to the Food Industry Strike/Lockout. MCLE Credits provided.

Dues are $35 regular, $5 students, $100 organizations.

Affiliated with the National IRRA March 1977.

Sherry Bolander, Orange County Transportation Authority
550 S. Main Street, PO Box 14184
Orange CA 92613-1584
Fax: 714/560-5849

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President: Jerry Fecher, IBEW LOCAL UNION 465
Vice President
: Judy A. Gust, Arbitrator
Laura Hartman, SC Design, Inc.
Treas: Cheryl Witt, S. D. Community College District
Past President: Cheryl Berman, Dixieline Lumber Company


The Chapter affords an opportunity for all those in the greater San Diego area who are active or interested in labor-management relations, either in the private or public sector, to meet periodically and to consider matters of common professional interest in a non-adversary setting. The membership (currently 134) includes representatives of companies and unions; government representatives; arbitrators and other neutrals; attorneys and consultants; and teachers and students in various disciplines. The membership year runs from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.  The Chapter holds four meetings each year offering speaker programs and interactive training on topics of common interest. The May 2003 meeting featured the topic Rising Health Care Costs: A Common Concern for Labor & Management, with speakers Art Cantu, Teamsters Local #36 and Phil Nico, Nico Insurance Services. The meeting featured the new board election as well. The August 2003 meeting was a program planning meeting for the 2003-2004 membership year. The November 2003 meeting features the topic Disability Law and the Interactive Process. The February 2004 meeting topic was "For Cause Drug Testing, Substance Abuse" with speakers Lois Olsen, Integrated Insights, formerly HHRC, Theodore (Ted) Scott of Luce, Forward, Hamilton and Scripps LLP, and Fern Steiner, Tosdal, Smith, Steiner & Wax. The April 2004 meeting topic was "New Guidelines for the Federal Labor Standards Act" with speakers Peter Brown of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore and Greg Petersen of Castle Petersen and Krause.  The June 2004 meeting topic was "Arbitrator Panel" with local arbitrators-- Richard Calister, Judy Gust and William Rull.  All meetings are held at The Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Diego.  The social hour begins at 5:00, dinner at 6:00 and the program from 7:00 – 8:30. Please visit the chapter website for more information.


Dues are $30.


Affiliated with National IRRA May 1969.

Laura Hartman, SC Design
1034 Paseo Entrada
Chula Vista, CA 91910
619-232-2500, ext 25
Fax: 619-232-7101

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President: Michael Hardeman, Sign, Display, & Allied Crafts, Local 510
Thomas Dillon, Calif. Metal Trades Assn.
Vice President: Kirsten Spalding, California Labor Federation
Dildar Gill, Consultant
Treasurer: William Riker, Arbitrator
The 100+ member chapter schedules regular meetings in the Bay area. In April, the Chapter sponsored a discussion on “California’s Workers Compensation Crisis” led by attorney Michael Gerson of Boxer & Gerson.  This luncheon was held at John’s Grill (home of the Maltese Falcon).  The December 2002 meeting was the Annual Holiday Luncheon and Discussion of The Kaiser Permanente Hospitals and the California Nurses Association Settlement. A Model for the New Millennium (What Will Be Its Impact on Multi-Employer Health Plans?). Speakers included Henry Diaz, Labor Relations Manager, Kaiser Permanente Hospitals, and Morton Newman, Business Representative, California Nurses Association. The May 2003 meeting topic was Bargaining in the Shadow of Taft-Hartley: Reflections on the Recent West Coast Dockworkers Contract Negotiations with speakers Robert Remar, Partner, Leonard Carder, LLP and Craig Epperson, General Counsel, Pacific Maritime Association. In September 2003 the chapter will hold the 2003 Conference on Labor and Employment Law, with the NLRB, and the LEL Section of the San Francisco Bar Association, and co-sponsors the UC Institute of IR, Center for Labor Relations and Education, the San Francisco Labor council, AFL-CIO, the California Metal Trades Assoc, and the National Academy of Arbitrators.

Dues are $25.

Affiliated with National IRRA May 1964, the San Francisco Chapter is the oldest IRRA Chapter in California.

Walter Slater
315 San Benito Way
San Francisco CA 94127-2532

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President: Lewis Levy, Levy, Stern & Ford
President-elect: Phyllis Cayse, FMCS
Vice President: Rosalind Schwartz, Management Consultant
Secretary/Treasurer: Kathy J. Sackman, United Nurses Assn. of Calif.
The 166-member chapter holds workshops and dinner meetings at various sites every other month. The September 2004 event featured California State Senator Sheila Kuehl, discussing "The Political Impact on Labor Issues as a result of the change from a Democrat to Republican Administration." The April 2004 meeting featured speaker James McDermott, NLRB, on the topic: "Current Issues, New Directions: Where is the Board Going?" The chapter co-sponsored the Southwest Labor-Management Conference with the Arizona, Inland Empire and Southern Nevada IRRA Chapters, the FMCS, and the NLRB. The conference was held December 1-5, 2002 at Circus Circus Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. The October 2002 meeting was a Columbus Day Dinner Meeting. The topic was Labor & Employment Arbitration. Grande Dame honoree was Ben Arron, Authentic Pioneer of Modern Day Arbitration with speaker: Michael Powell, Regional VP, American Arbitration Association. The June 2002 meeting topic was "Reflections: Women in Labor Management" with speakers Elinor Glenn, SEIU, Debbi Burrows, Teamsters, and Ms. Dany Valenzuela, Kaiser. A Special Award, The Daniel Pearl Award, was presented to Kelly Lange, Broadcaster. The Chapter continues to support the Collective Bargaining Education Program which is on going in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The March 2002 featured the General Counsel- National Labor Relations Board with speaker Arthur Rosenfeld. The "Grande Dame Honoree" was awarded to Robert Fox, Operating Engineers Local 501 (ret) at this meeting. Also, a special award was presented to Jennie Sheanin, administrative assistant. The chapter provides student scholarships and project grants, and publishes an annual directory.

Dues are $30.

Affiliated with National IRRA May 1967.

Kathy J. Sackman
, President, UNAC
300 S. Park Ave., Suite 840
Pomona, CA 91766
Fax: 909/620-9119

Chapter Office: Southern California IRRA Chapter
5115 Kester Ave. #2
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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