9th Annual Labor Relations Conference

(A Steptoe-Sponsored Event)
May 4, 2012
The Arizona Biltmore Resort, Phoenix, AZ


Now in its 9th consecutive year, this valuable Conference will once again bring you up to date with NLRB, legislative, and legal developments in the field of labor relations, as seen and analyzed by our panels of corporate executives and their attorneys. This year we will hold our “Basic NLRA Training – Labor Law 101” – from 8-10 a.m. on the morning of the program, with special attention to union solicitation rules, employer property rights, regulation of social media, Board election and unfair labor practice procedures, and collective bargaining. The basic training course will be followed by presentations on resolved and pending issues at the NLRB, a panel discussion on legal and practical issues related to grass-roots employee surveys, and advice on responding to union organizing of “micro” bargaining units and to NLRB pressure for “quickie” elections. As always, this Conference will help you understand your companies’ legal rights and obligations, avoid surprises, and prepare for protected activities suddenly undertaken by employees or unions.


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.           
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.      
Welcome and Introduction
8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  
Labor Law 101: Basic Course on NLRA
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
EEO and Discrimination Issues in Drafting and Implementing Employee Surveys
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Planning for Micro Bargaining Units and Quickie Elections
12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m.
Hosted Luncheon: Union-Sponsored Employee Work Centers:  A New Organizing Tactic
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.      
NLRA Issues in Using Employee Surveys to Assess Vulnerability to Unionization
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Annual Review of Significant NLRB Decisions
3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
What’s Next?  Major Issues Pending Before the NLRB and Congress
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Questions and Answers
4:30 p.m.


  • Robert Berrier, Ph.D.
    Founder and CEO, Spring International
  • Franklin Coley
    Partner, Parquet Public Affairs;
    Formerly, Presidential Appointee to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao
  • Catharine Ellingsen, J.D.
    Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Republic Services, Inc.
  • Sue Oliver, J.D.
    Principal and Founder, Katana Partners
    Former SVP–People, Wal-Mart, and Chief HR Officer, American Airlines



Conference Date:  Friday, May 4, 2012
Conference Location:  The Arizona Biltmore Resort, 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016, (602) 381-7632

First registrant: $150.00
Second registrant from same company: $125.00
Third registrant from same company: $100.00
Other registrants from same company: Complimentary

SHRM members save 20% if they register before April 20, 2012:
First registrant: $120.00
Second registrant from same company: $100.00
Third registrant from same company: $80.00

Please click here for a printable brochure.

For questions, please contact events@steptoe.com.

Registration open only to corporate HR and legal personnel.