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Labor Relations

Training Sessions:

Union Avoidance For All Employers
Labor Relations Boot Camp



Union Avoidance For All Employers

The full or partial organization of a workforce by a labor union presents an employer with unique challenges.

Because of this—and because the law limits how employers may respond to union organizing campaigns—employers that do not explore these issues until union organizing is under way are at a decided disadvantage.

In this seminar, our experienced labor attorneys detail the specific steps that employers should take to maximize their prospects for avoiding unionization, as well as the types of actions that the law does not permit.  Specific topics include:

  • The nuts and bolts of the union organizing process;
  • Key employer policies, including no-solicitation, no-distribution, no-access and e-mail policies;
  • Planning and implementing an effective employee communications strategy;
  • Addressing employee concerns now, before the union is at the door;
  • The “TIPS” framework: what an employer may (and may not) say and do in the course of an organizing campaign; and
  • Effective management techniques for avoiding unionization efforts.

In addition to offering our Union Avoidance seminar at the Firm’s offices, we are available to present this seminar at clients’ workplaces.  Because it is vital for all of an employer’s managers to be on board with its union-avoidance efforts, this kind of on-site program can be especially effective.

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Labor Relations Boot Camp

Schwartz Hannum PC has developed a one-day program for human resources professionals, labor relations professionals, in-house counsel and managers, for both unionized and non-unionized employers, who want to better understand and manage the big-picture and day-to-day operations of their businesses’ labor-management relationships.

Presented in an interactive seminar format, the program includes a discussion of the following topics.


  • Strategies for avoiding unionization (and deterring additional unionization);
  • Effectively preparing for collective bargaining;
  • Hot topics in negotiations;
  • Good faith negotiations and impasse;
  • Job actions, strikes and lockouts;
  • Decertification: what is it and when is it possible;
  • Drafting collective bargaining agreements and side letters; and
  • A mock arbitration: lessons in how to successfully handle grievances and arbitrations


Schwartz Hannum offers this important program periodically at the Firm’s offices. In addition, we regularly conduct labor-relations seminars at clients’ workplaces and are happy to tailor the program to clients’ individual needs and objectives.

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