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    Breakfast Meeting:"Keeping Norma Rae at Bay" Featuring Jonathan Segal, Partner and Managing Principal, Duane Morris

    Date: June 7, 2013, 7:30am – 9:30am
    The Downingtown Country Club
    93 Country Club Drive
    Downingtown, PA 19335
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    Program: Union representation may be at an all-time low, representing less than 7 percent of the private sector workforce. There are many reasons for the decline in union support. For more information, see Jonathan Segal's article for Fortune at:

    However, complacency is the union organizer’s best friend. Certain industries and regions are at much higher risk.

    In addition, organized labor has found a formidable ally in the NLRB with its rulings on many issues from  micro-units to off-duty access rules to who is a supervisor.  Indeed, one could wonder whether the “R” stands for “relations” or “recruitment.”

    This seminar will provide: (a) an overview of the current election process; (b) recent cases on what is an appropriate bargaining unit; (c) who your statutory supervisors are (whom you can control); (d) key elements of supervisory training; (e) elements of an early detection and rapid response plan; (f) whether and how to educate your employees proactively; (g) union inhibitors, such as solicitation and distribution and off-duty employee policies; (h) social media and union organizing and (i) common employee relations drivers for union organizing.

    To remain union-free, we need to prove to our employees, by our words and actions, that whatever problems may exist can be addressed more effectively without the intervention of, but what is in fact, another regulator.

    And, we need to be careful not to suggest that we are "anti-union." Too many of our employees have union roots. I do, too. The key is to focus on how a union could make it harder for all of us to achieve the organization’s mission.

    Speaker: Jonathan A. Segal is a partner at Duane Morris LLP in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. He is also the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. The Duane Morris Institute provides training for human resource professionals, in-house counsel, benefits administrators and managers at Duane Morris, at client sites and by way of webinar on myriad employment, labor, benefits and immigration matters.

    Jonathan has been cited as a national authority on employment issues in articles in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USAToday, Fortune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press, Business Week Online, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN Online, Business Week, Money and, among others.

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    Also, we will be raising money for the Chester County SPCA.  Please wear jeans and show your support for the SPCA by contributing $5 to the Chester County SPCA.  Jonathan Segal, our speaker and Duane Morris Principal and Managing Partner, has kindly agreed to match what we receive in donations up to a maximum of $500.  Donations can be made on the registration form above.