Recorded Program

55th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration

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If you missed our live program, 55th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration (April 10-13, 2017), you still have a chance to "attend". Speaker presentations were recorded and will be made available to view online for a limited time!

Registration Open

Credits:MCLE credit available


Missed our live April 2017 program 55th Annual Course on Labor Law and Labor Arbitration?  Speaker presentations were recorded and will be made available to view online for a limited time! Join co-chairs Professor Douglas E. Ray (St. Thomas University School of Law), A. John Harper III (Littler Mendelson P.C. ) and Rod Tanner (Tanner and Associates P.C.) for this intensive basic course on labor law and labor arbitration.

  • Practical guide for the practice of labor law
  • This course was designed to fully satisfy the Texas Board of Legal Specialization requirement of NLRA credit
  • Excellent review course for all labor lawyers – it is not just for those taking the certification exam

Recorded Program Fee

  • $1300 - Includes online access to videos and materials
  • $1200 - Government/Academic/Non-Profit Employees

*Multiple Registrants from the same organization: $100 discount for each registrant after the first registers at full price.  Please contact Wendy for special pricing - or 972.244.3439.

Topics and Faculty

What Is A Labor Lawyer (Professionalism, Roles & Responsibilities; time includes 15 minutes Ethics)

Moderator: Douglas E. Ray, Conference Co-Chair, Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida

    • Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, And Boycotts (Thomson/West 2015-16)
    • Co-Author Understanding Labor Law (Lexisnexis 2014)
    • Member, National Academy of Arbitrators


  • A. John Harper III, Conference Co-Chair, Littler Mendelson, PC, Houston, Texas
  • Rod Tanner, Conference Co-Chair, Tanner And Associates, PC, Fort Worth, Texas

The Road to Representation Under the NLRA

The NLRA and NLRB: NLRA Coverage; the election process including petitions, access to property, election prerequisites, appropriate bargaining units, voter eligibility and post-election proceedings.

  • Christopher David Ruiz Cameron, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California
    • Co-Author Labor Management Relations: Strikes, Lockouts, And Boycotts (Thomson/West 2015-16)
    • Co-Author Labor Law In The Contemporary Workplace (West 2nd ed. 2014)

The Representation Process in Practice

Moderator: Timothy Watson, Regional Attorney, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas


  • Mr. Harper
  • Alicia Junco, Assistant General Counsel, SEIU Texas, Houston, Texas
  • Ofelia Gonzalez, Assistant to the Regional Director, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas

Negotiation of Collective Bargaining Agreements

Majority rule and exclusive representation, good faith concepts generally, duty to furnish information, unilateral action, subjects of bargaining, mid-term bargaining and duration of bargaining duty.

  • Michael Z. Green, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas
    • Editor, The Challenge for Collective Bargaining: Proceedings of the New York University 65th Annual Conference on Labor(LexisNexis 2014)

Strikes & Lockouts

Legal status of strikes and picketing, rights of strikers, unprotected concerted activities, employer responses to concerted activity, lockouts, unlawful strikes and picketing.

  • Brett Glass, Director of Labor Relations, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano, Texas
  • Mr. Tanner

Practical & Ethical Bargaining Tips

Moderator: Professor Ray


  • Mr. Glass
  • Mr. Tanner

Secondary Boycotts & Handbilling

Secondary activity, corporate campaigns, consumer picketing and handbilling.

  • Professor Ray

NLRB Investigations and Trials in Unfair Labor Practice Cases

  • Timothy Watson, Regional Attorney, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas

Ethical Considerations in Negotiations, NLRB Representation, and Union Relations

  • Stephanie K. Osteen, Hunton & Williams LLP, Dallas, Texas
  • David K. Watsky, Lyon, Gorsky, Gilbert & Livingston, L.L.P., Dallas, Texas

Ethical Practice Before the NLRB

  • Jamal M. Allen, Ethics Counsel, National Labor Relations Board, Houston, Texas

Enforcing the Labor Agreement through Labor Arbitration: Law and Advocacy (Time includes 15 minutes Ethics)

  • Professor Ray

Avoiding FLSA Traps: Common Wage and Hour Issues in Union and Non-Union Settings

  • Mark Shank, Gruber Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP, Dallas, Texas

Overview of the Railway Labor Act (RLA)

  • Jonathan Elifson, Southwest Airlines Pilots’ Association, Dallas, Texas

Joint Employment & the Gig Economy under the NLRA (Time includes 15 minutes Ethics)

  • Arthur Carter, Littler Mendelson, PC, Dallas, Texas

Report from the NLRB: A Board Member's Perspective (Introduction by Timothy Watson, Regional Attorney, NLRB Region 16, Fort Worth, Texas)

  • Philip A. Miscimarra, Acting Chairman, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C.

Recent Labor Law Developments Affecting Non-Union Employers: Handbooks, Investigations, Social Media, and More

  • John M. Farrell, K&L Gates LLP, Dallas, Texas

Predicting the Future and Program Recap

  • Moderator: Alex Stevens, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Dallas, TX

CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for 26 hours, including 3 hours of ethics. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. CAIL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

Specialization Credit

1) This program is approved by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for 26 hours in the following areas: Labor and Employment Law, and 2) This program meets the 24 hr. NLRA requirement for the current Texas Board of Legal Specialization application filing period.

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