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Week of September 18, 2006

The 28th annual
Kenneth M. Piper Lecture

The Future of Collective Bargaining
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
11:30 - 1:00pm

Lecture:


Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt
Associate Dean for Research and Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington

Commentary:
Allison Beck
General Counsel, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO

Nicholas W. Clark
Associate General Counsel, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union

Michael A. Rodriguez
Senior Vice President-Labor Relations, AT&T Services, Inc.

The public is cordially invited to attend the lecture. No registration is required.

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The Future of Collective Bargaining

The influence of organized labor in the American workplace continues to decline as the percent organized in the private sector has fallen from 36% in 1953 to less than 8% at the present time. Although a variety of demographic and economic factors have contributed to this decline, a combination of high organizing costs and high membership attrition due to work restructuring in the global economy of the information age has left organized labor in the tenuous position of having to spend an ever larger share of union dues on organizing, merely to slow the rate of decline in the percent organized. Professor Dau-Schmidt will discuss these trends in light of recent developments in industries of traditional union strength such as automotive and steel, strategies in organizing, the legal environment and the recent departure of a number of unions from the AFL-CIO.


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Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt
Associate Dean for Research and Willard and Margaret Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington

Kenneth Dau-Schmidt is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar on labor and employment law and the economic analysis of legal problems. He is a recipient of the School of Law’s top teaching prize, the Leon H. Wallace Award, and Indiana University’s prestigious Sylvia Bowman Award for teaching excellence. Professor Dau-Schmidt is the author of three books and numerous articles on labor and employment law and the economic analysis of law. He has presented papers at academic conferences and law schools across the United States and in Canada and Europe. In 1991, he received the Scholarly Paper Award from the Association of American Law Schools for his work on economic analysis of the criminal law as a preference-shaping policy.

Professor Dau-Schmidt has served on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors, and its executive committee and litigation committee. Professor Dau-Schmidt has served on the executive committees of the Association of American Law Schools' section on labor and employment law and the Industrial Relations Research Association's section on labor and employment law. He currently serves as president of The Labor Law Group. He has also served as the chair for the Association of American Law Schools' section on law and socio-economics and is a founder of the Midwest Law and Economics Association. He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.


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Allison Beck
General Counsel

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO
Allison Beck is the general counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL-CIO, a large international labor union representing approximately 700,000 active and retired members in a variety of industries, including aerospace, transportation, automotive, machine and manufacturing. She has served as general counsel since 1989, and as associate general counsel from 1980 to 1989. Prior to joining the legal staff of the IAM, Ms. Beck was an appellate court attorney in the division of enforcement litigation of the National Labor Relations Board. She also served as a legislative assistant on employment issues to the late Senator Alan Cranston (D.Cal).

Ms. Beck graduated (cum laude) from Goucher College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America. Ms. Beck is the author of the article “The Last Plantation: Will Employment Reform Come to Capitol Hill?”

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Nicholas W. Clark
Associate General Counsel

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union
Nicholas W. Clark is the associate general counsel for the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, Washington, DC, where he has practiced labor and employment law since 1984.

Before that, he was a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, also in Washington, DC. The UFCW has over one million members working in the U.S. retail grocery, department store, meat packing, health care, chemical and other industries. Mr. Clark received his J.D. from St. Louis University School of Law in 1977 and his B.A. from the University of Missouri, St. Louis in 1983.

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Michael A. Rodriguez
Senior Vice President-Labor Relations
AT&T Services, Inc.

Michael A. Rodriguez is currently senior vice president-labor relations for AT&T (formerly SBC), responsible for national labor relations, including enterprise-wide strategy and bargaining. Mr. Rodriguez started his career with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in 1976 as an attorney in the legal department. In 1991, he was appointed executive director in the Pacific Bell Human Resources organization in charge of recruitment, placement, succession planning, EEO, and labor relations. In 1996, his role was expanded to include human resources for all of the Pacific Telesis Group.

Following the merger between SBC and Ameritech, Mr. Rodriguez was named senior vice president and general counsel-human resources for SBC. Currently, as senior vice president for labor and human resources for SBC he is
responsible for labor, benefits design and administration, EEO and workforce diversity. Mr. Rodriguez holds a bachelor of science degree in economics from Santa Clara University, a juris doctorate from Santa Clara University School of Law, and a master of science degree in management from Stanford University.


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The Kenneth M. Piper Endowment

This lecture is funded by the Kenneth M. Piper Endowment, established by a gift from Mrs. Kenneth M. Piper in memory of her husband.

Mr. Piper was a distinguished executive with Motorola, Inc., and Bausch & Lomb, Inc., who made important contributions in human resources and labor relations for more than two decades.

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The Kenneth M. Piper Endowment Advisory Board


Roberto G. Chavarry
National Labor Relations Board

Patricia A. Collins
Asher, Gittler, Greenfield, & D’Alba, Ltd.

Elaine S. Fox
Seyfarth Shaw

Marisel A. Hernandez
Jacobs, Burns, Orlove, Stanton & Hernandez

Harold A. Katz
Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein & Johnson, Chtd.

Douglas P. Kight
The Boeing Company

Michael McAuley
National Treasury Employees Union

Lisa B. Moss
Carmell, Charone, Widmer, Mathews & Moss

S. Richard Pincus
Holland & Knight, LLP

Patricia Costello Slovak
Schiff Hardin & Waite

K. Bruce Stickler
Gardner Carton & Douglas

 



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