Cornell University

Labor and Employment Law Program

16 E. 34th Street, 4th Floor, 212-340-2866

Labor Relations in Challenging Times

October 22, 2009 - Rochester

A conference sponsored by Labor and Employment Relations Association chapters in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and Cornell ILR Labor Programs

Place: Woodcliff Hotel, Fairport, NY --


8:15–9:00 - Registration/continental breakfast

9:00-9:15 - Welcome

9:15-10:30 - Panel 

10:30–10:45 - Break

10:45–11:45 - Steven Greenhouse, NY Times Reporter & Author of "The Big Squeeze"

11:45–12:15 - Panel of Federal/State Agencies

  • NLRB, Rhonda Ley, Director of Region 3
  • PERB, Gregory Poland, Director and Chief Regional Mediator of the Buffalo Office
  • FMCS, Mary Kluczycki, Mediator
  • NYS Mediation Board, Bruce Newman, Mediator

12:15–1:15 - Lunch

1:15-2:15 - Workshops (please select one):

  • Accessing the NLRB with Rhonda Ley, Regional Director, NLRB
  • Update on Employment Law with James Holahan and Colin Leonard, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Nathaniel Lambright and Chris Getaz, Blitman & King, LLP
  • The Labor Beat with Steven Greenhouse, New York Times

2:15–2:30 - Break

2:30-3:30 - Workshops (please select one):

Trends in Employee Benefits with Christopher J. Fiorello & Charles T. Catalino

Employee Benefit Concepts with Joseph Wild, MVP

Wage and Hour Update with Patrick Solomon, Thomas & Solomon, LLP, Andrew Cahill, NYS Department of Labor, and Brendan P. Kelleher, Esq., Hodgson Russ

Promoting Violence-Free with Sandra King, Practical Consultants LLC

3:30 - Closing Remarks & Evaluation