Oliver Bell, Inc. to Sponsor Winter Meeting of the Texas Labor and Employee Relations Consortium on February 16, 2012. Meeting Hosted by CenterPoint Energy in Houston.

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The winter 2012 meeting of the Texas Labor & Employee Relations Consortium will be comprised of senior business and labor relations leaders from across Texas. These industry experts will gather at CenterPoint Energy (http://www.centerpointenergy.com) in Houston to share information, experiences, and ideas about strategic management of their human capital. John Raudabaugh, attorney and former National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Member will be the featured guest speaker along with attorneys Stuart Newman and Timothy Watson.

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Raudabaugh will discuss the firestorm of change happening at the national level of the NLRB, the legality of such changes and their impact on employers and employees.

The Texas Labor and Employee Relations Consortium (TLERC) is an invitation-only, professional networking forum of senior labor relations, human resources and business leaders who operate across the state of Texas. Sessions for the February 16th TLERC meeting include a presentation by John Raudabaugh, former NLRB Board Member and attorney with Nixon Peabody. Raudabaugh will discuss the firestorm of change happening at the national level of the NLRB, the legality of such changes and their impact on employers and employees. And, he will discuss the new election rules and how employers can handle a shortened election cycle. Also presenting is Stuart Newman, Partner with Seyfarth Shaw. Newman will discuss advancements in union organizing drives through corporate campaigns and mixed media. He will present a case study from one of the largest UFCW campaigns against a vital grocery industry leader. Timothy Watson, also a partner with Seyfarth Shaw, will discuss impending changes in the Department of Labor’s partnership with the Internal Revenue Service and how this will impact Wage & Hour law and contract employees.

TLERC was specifically designed for senior leaders and those whose industries and businesses anticipate or are currently engaged in some form of transition, such as: reorganization (including reductions-in-force), outsourcing or in-sourcing, mergers, acquisitions or divestitures, rebranding, changing performance expectations or union organizing.

"Events that may drive one company into organizational turmoil may allow another to prosper and amidst the inherent disruption of change, are people." says Oliver Bell, CEO of Oliver Bell, Inc. and founder of TLERC. Bell continues, "an appreciation for the importance of effectively leading these individuals – those who will inevitably manage change – is the common denominator for TLERC members. We encourage impacted industry leaders to participate in this unique forum. We can certainly all learn from each other."

TLERC is focused on sharing strategies for managing employee and labor relations. With the benefit of collaborative thought from fellow members of various industries, regulatory environments, and organizational sizes and structures, TLERC members can better understand and manage trends in the operational, legal, and political arenas that impact their ability to successfully achieve their business goals.

TLERC membership is limited and is by invitation. However, if you are interested in participating, contact tlerc(at)oliverbell(dot)com or complete this request. The typical member is a senior operational or human resources leader within two steps of the corporate c-suite. This might include vice presidents, senior directors, general managers and business unit managers who are responsible for the strategic direction of their functional areas.

The cost for a two-year membership is $2,000. Complimentary membership, which includes attendance to the February 16th consortium, is being offered to participants through 2012. For membership information and to register, please visit our website.

Oliver Bell, Inc. is a labor relations consulting firm that provides pro-employee/employer strategies for union and nonunion employers in the United States, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. Consultants of Oliver Bell, Inc. work with clients to find the most effective approach to align organizational and stakeholder goals to enhance employee relations while reaching production and revenue targets. Please visit us online or follow Mr. Bell’s on his blog at and on twitter @oliverjbell.

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