New Employer Strategies for Managing the Teamsters Workplace

Doubletree by Hilton455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

8:00 a.m. — Registration and Breakfast
8:30 a.m. — Comprehensive Program
12:30 p.m. — Lunch

The current union friendly National Labor Relations Board ("Board") is intent upon using their rulemaking capabilities to radically change laws that have been in place for 75 years. As a result, extremely union-friendly policies will be implemented this year and the Board's decisions are repeatedly against employers. A major beneficiary of this sea of change has been the Teamsters.

This half-day, interactive program is designed for those seeking to reduce costs, maintain operational efficiencies, and control union influence in workplace issues.

The program is presented by labor law attorneys who have successfully represented employers — from Fortune 500 companies to individual businesses — and have dealt with every major Teamsters Local in the United States, in hundreds of organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, and strategic planning initiatives.

Who Should Attend?

  • Chief Executive Officers
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Managers with HR Responsibilities


  • General Counsels
  • Business Owners
  • Human Resources Professionals 


I. Negotiating Your Next Contract

Rules of the Road

  • The Mindset for Negotiations
  • No Such Thing as "Non-Economic" Issues
  • Increase Apprehension and Decrease Expectations
  • Who, Where, When
  • Using "Ad Referendum"
  • Drafting Employer Proposals
  • Education Equals Credibility
  • The Bargaining Committee
  • The Final Four

II. Teamsters-Specific Issues:

Do Not Let the Union Run You Over

  • Progressive Discipline for Moving Violations
  • Premium, Shift and "Extra" Pay
  • Administering Route Tracking Systems
  • Obtaining the Requisite CDL Designation
  • Use of Lumper/Subcontracting Services
  • The Staffing of Helpers
  • Loading and Unloading Inventory Issues
  • Texting and Cell Phone Policies
  • Crossing Picket Lines

Controlling Your Operations

  • Successorship Obligations
  • Neutrality Agreements
  • Severance Obligations
  • Layoff and Recalls


III. Countering "Traditional" Teamsters Tactics

21st Century Collective Bargaining

  • Economic Distress Clause
  • Productivity Models for Increases
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Management Rights
  • Union Access

Declaring Impasse

  • The Duty to Bargain in Good Faith
  • Legal Requirements
  • Implement Last Employer Offer
  • Avoid ULP

IV. Health Care and Pension Funds

Health Care: Dealing with Instability

  • Decision 2014
  • Control Your Health Insurance Costs
  • Caps on Increases

Pension Fund: Liability, Withdrawal, and More Liability

  • Dealing with "Red Zone" Funds
  • Review Plan Documents
  • Pension Fund: Exposure to Withdrawal Liability
  • 401(k) Options and Terms

V. Administering the CBA

Handling Grievances and Arbitrations and Contract Interpretation

  • Just Cause Standard
  • Past Practice Misunderstood
  • Preparing Your Case

Interpreting the Contract

  • Overtime, Scheduling, and Pay Practices
  • Mid-Contract Changes to Employee Policies
  • Establishing Employee Handbooks
  • Wage and Hour Compliance

Briefing Registration:
The fee for this briefing is $75 for the first person and $50 for each additional
person from the same company. Includes breakfast, lunch, and meeting handouts.

To register, please click here.