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CIHLER Webinar: Labor-management relations in the midst of a pandemic: Conflict or accommodation?

March 31, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

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Event Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly forced closures and layoffs throughout the hospitality industry. This unprecedented and stressful situation presents a number of challenges for both workers and management. As the two sides work through key issues and potential solutions, a major unknown is whether conflict is inevitable or if the crisis will force the parties to work together.

On March 31st, Cornell University and the Center on Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations (CIHLER) will bring together leading practitioners and faculty experts to discuss the myriad labor relations challenges brought on by this historic global challenge.

This one-hour discussion will feature Harry Johnson, former NLRB member and current partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP; Paul Wagner, shareholder at Stokes Wagner ALC; and Harry Katz, the Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining and Director of the Scheinman Institute at the ILR School, Cornell. CIHLER Director David Sherwyn will serve as moderator.

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What You’ll Learn

  • What unions are demanding as hotels and restaurants close or lay off employees
  • Management’s collective bargaining obligations
  • Whether the crisis can stimulate a new spirit of cooperation between labor and management
  • How management can provide assistance to unionized employees who face trauma while meeting their obligation to bargain in good faith

Cornell Hotel Schoo
Managing Shareholder
Stokes Wagner

Harry Johnson III
Former NLRB member
Partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP
Harry Katz
The Jack Sheinkman Professor of Collective Bargaining
Director of the Scheinman Institute
ILR School, Cornell


March 31, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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