The recently held ABA Human Resources and Labor Conference in Chicago, Ill., focused on potential legislative and regulatory threats facing the industry, as well as opportunities to improve talent management strategies to maximize the baking industry's workforce competitiveness.
Brian Hayes, board member for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), headlined the 2012 Summer ABA HR and Labor Conference on July 15-17 in Chicago, Ill. Mr. Hayes' message was that the baking industry should not assume that the NLRB will be inactive due to the election – to the contrary, he expects the board to be as busy as ever in the coming months.
Attendees were also warned of the far reaching impacts of a potential Department of Labor rule that would prevent bakers from utilizing outside labor counsel during organizing campaigns and collective bargaining. This threat, combined with the NLRB's ambush elections proposal currently stuck in the courts and a micro-union case, create a perfect storm for bakers' labor prospects in the future.
ABA also invited speakers to present on talent management strategies, focusing specifically on succession planning on developing your company's high potentials. Attendees decided to continue this discussion at the 2013 Winter HR and Labor Conference by focusing on developing front line supervisors in the industry and working to develop and industry standard to attract talent.