Labor Roundtable

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Since 2008, Attorney John Bowen has sponsored and facilitated the Labor Relations Roundtable -- a networking and discussion group composed of management labor relations professionals and executives. The Roundtable is dedicated exclusively to labor relations issues that impact employers in both union and non-union environments and provides a unique opportunity for labor relations professionals to engage in "executive-level" interchange with colleagues and labor experts regarding significant labor relations developments, current and future trends, responsive implementation strategies, and practical insights regarding critical labor issues that ultimately affect the success of their organizations.

The Labor Relations Roundtable includes labor relations professionals in both unionized and non-union companies from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, food processing, high tech, hospitality services, healthcare, construction management, and more. In addition to webinars, frequent e-mail updates, and discussion forums, the Labor Relations Roundtable holds quarterly breakfast meetings. There is no cost to participate for members and invited guests.

Information regarding upcoming meetings as well as the materials and presentations made at prior meetings are posted on this page.

NEXT MEETING OF THE LABOR RELATIONS ROUNDTABLE

THE NOVEMBER 2016 MEETING OF THE ROUNDTABLE HAS BEEN POSTPONED

UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE HAD TO POSTPONE THE NOVEMBER ROUNDTABLE. PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES REGARDING THE RESCHEDULED MEETING.

Post-Election Analysis: The historic 2016 Election should itself be history by our November Roundtable. Regardless of who ultimately prevails in the race for President, one thing is certain: there will be a new Chief Executive in charge federal labor policy beginning in 2017. Moreover, election results across the country - at both the federal and state level – will likely shape our political landscape and impact workplace law and policy for years to come. As a result, we will analyze the potential impact of the 2016 election on federal and state workplace law and consider the extent to which the post-election political landscape may affect labor relations policy and ultimately shape employer strategies in 2017 and beyond.

Is Your Management Rights Clause At Risk? In several recent decisions, the NLRB completely ignored the Management Rights Clause of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement to rule the employer in each case committed an unfair labor practice by taking unilateral action without first bargaining with the union – completely undermining the employers’ discretion and ability to manage the business based on their Management Rights Clause. We’ll examine how the NLRB is challenging this essential contract clause and consider what steps employers must take to reclaim and maintain their fundamental management rights.

Strike Force!: In yet another blatant move  to advance the interests of organized labor, the NLRB recently ruled to limit an employer’s ability to hire “permanent replacements” during an economic strike – a critical economic weapon for employers since 1938. In a similar move, NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin issued an Operations Memo in early October extending Section 7 protection to employees engaged in intermittent and partial strikes. We will discuss how the Board’s approach gives unions a decisive edge in the use of economic weapons during labor disputes, and further analyze the impact of these decisions on employer strike planning and preparation.

 

 

Past Meetings of the Labor Relations Roundtable

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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

For more information or to register for upcoming Roundtable meetings, please e-mail John Bowen at moc.newobfnhoj@newobfj or register by filling out the registration form on this page.

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