If passed in its proposed form, the Employee Free Choice Act ("EFCA") will revolutionize federal labor laws by allowing unions to organize without a secret-ballot election. Other onerous provisions include shortening the time to negotiate a first contract and, if the parties do not agree, allowing an arbitrator (a judge) to decide the terms of the first contract. While Congress is debating several compromises over EFCA, just about any version of the law will tilt the playing field sharply in favor of labor unions. Union and non-union employers must be prepared to face new organizing tactics in light of EFCA and the unions’ sophisticated use of the Internet.

Please join Labor & Employment attorneys Victor Kisch and Dennis Westlind for a seminar about EFCA and the do’s and don’ts for remaining union-free in the new environment. We will also discuss other likely changes to labor laws. The seminar will cover:

  • How will EFCA make it easier for unions to organize? What can a non-union employer do under EFCA?
  • How do unions organize in the age of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, chat rooms, websites, text messages, email and so on?
  • Effective no solicitation policies;
  • What key issues make a work force vulnerable to union organizing? How can an employer address employee concerns?
  • Salts — If union organizers seek employment at your company, what can you do?


Thursday, June 11, 2009
11:30 – 11:45 a.m. – Registration and Lunch
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Presentation


Complimentary (lunch included)


Stoel Rives LLP
900 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 2600
Portland, OR 97204


We will validate parking for most nearby parking garages.


Space is limited! Click here to register online by June 9.