North Dakota United’s 2018 Advocacy Conference will be focused on relevant issues for all educators and public employees including the 2019 ND legislative session, how to take action, school safety, bargaining for the common good, organizing 101, and public relations. The one-day event will feature a combination of panelists, break-out sessions, and interactive activities.

There is no registration fee for NDU members. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. North Dakota United will provide financial assistance to locals having members attend the Advocacy Conference.  NDU will reimburse locals for one-half of the double room rate of $99.65 at the conference hotel , including taxes for each member requiring an hotel room when necessary and for the cost of one car per local at the standard IRS business rate of $.545.  NDU’s assistance is intended to assist locals in sending participants.  Locals are encouraged to reimburse expense not covered by NDU.

NDU will not be responsible for making reservations for local participants and that no direct bill arrangements have been made for conference participants. Please call the Ramada by Wyndham Bismarck at 701-258-7000 to make your reservations.



Tentative Agenda:

8-9:30a – Registration & Breakfast

8:30-9:15 – Pre-Conference Session: Bargaining Basics – Dana Hillius & Jane Rupprecht, NDU  Field Consultants

9:30-9:45a – Welcome – Nick Archuleta, NDU President

9:45-10:15a – NDU Legislative Agenda & Issues – Nick Archuleta, NDU President and Tom Gerhardt, NDU Public Affairs Director

10:15-10:30a – Break

10:30a-11:30a –Legislative Panel – Confirmed: Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent; Senator Dick Dever; Mark Hagerott, ND University System Chancellor; Scott Miller, ND PERS Executive Director, and; Senator Erin Oban

11:30a-12:30p – Lunch and How to Take Action – Ryan Nagle, NDU Assistant Executive Director

12:30-1:30p – School Safety – Mike Geiermann

1:30-1:45p – Break

1:45-2:45p – Breakout sessions

K-12: Bargaining for the Common Good – Amber Augustadt, NDU Field Consultant

PE/HE: Organizing 101 – Caitlin McDonald and Courtney Schaff, NDU Organizers

2:45-3p – Break

3-4p – Tell.Your.Story – Tom Gerhardt, NDU Public Affairs Director and Kelly Hagen, NDU Communications Director

4p – Closing