Protection of Non-Union Status: Proactive Strategies for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations

October 28, 2010 at 9:00am
ACI’s National Advanced Forum on Labor-Management Relations
The Helmsley Park Lane HotelNew York, NY

This conference is devoted to the unique challenges companies face when dealing with both union and non-union work forces, led by a faculty of in-house counsel, labor officials and management-side law firms

  • The impact of recent NLRB changes on labor relations
  • What to expect in terms of NLRB rule-making, case law, and reversals
  • Responding to union organizing tactics, including corporate campaigns
  • Effective techniques for handling business restructuring
  • Insights on the collective bargaining process, including the impact of health care reform
  • Best practices for preventing and defending against claims before the NLRB
  • When and how to properly engage in the decertification, de-authorization, or the withdrawal of recognition process

Stanley Goodman will present at the session:

Protection of Non-Union Status: Proactive Strategies for Maintaining Positive Employee Relations

As an employer, not having to deal with union issues begins with doing those things that will result in your employees never believing they have a need for one. This involves a creative mix of employee treatment, employee education, proactive supervisors, effective human resources, established policies and knowledge of all the applicable legal parameters. This session will provide management and their counsel with key strategies for maintaining positive employee relations and protection of a company’s non-union status, including:

  • Effectively communicating with employees and maintaining positive relations
  • Core legal issues involving protection of non-union status
  • Adapting to anticipated NLRB changes when protecting non-union status, including shortened election time frames, facility access, and more frequent findings of unfair labor practices
  • The core legal issues involving protection of non-union status
  • Can and should non-union employers have a published stance on unionization, and how to adhere to Section 8(c) of the NLRA
  • Non-discriminatory limits on solicitation and distribution, including bulletin board postings and use of employer email systems
  • A look at Department of Labor initiatives and reporting requirements regarding “persuader activity”


Stanley L. Goodman, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP
Bruce Olin, Director, Labor Relations, Volvo Parts North America
Jeffery E. Robertson, Senior Counsel, Federal Express Corp.
Michael A. Snapper, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

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