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Know Before You Go – Fall 2017 CUE Conference

  • October 8, 2017

Thank you for registering for the Fall 2017 CUE Conference! We hope you find the information included here to be helpful in preparing for the conference.

Hotel Information

JW Marriott Indianapolis 10 West Street Indianapolis Indiana, 46204 TEL: 949-640-4000

Hotel Website and Amenitieshttp://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/indjw-jw-marriott-indianapolis/

Coming in early or staying longer to visit Indy? Check out local attractions, local dining options or take a video tour or learn about Indy attractions from local celebrities.


On-site parking, fee: $43 daily Valet parking, fee: $48 daily

Self-parking is off Washington St past the Courtyard and SpringHill Suites hotels – 2nd entrance off Maryland Street.


Check-in and Check-out

Check-in: 3:00 PM, Check-out: 11:00 AM

Conference Materials

During registration, you selected either an e-Book or printed Book for use at the conference. If an e-Book was selected, you will receive it a week before conference via e-mail.

All printed books can be picked up at the registration desk upon your arrival.

(Please note: There are a limited number of extra printed copies available. We will accommodate changing your selection as materials allow.)


All session presentations will be available to download via the CUE mobile conference app one week prior to the conference if available.

You can also download presentations from the CUE website.

The Networking Never Stops

First-time conference attendees are invited to join us for a VIP experience at 4:30 PM on Sunday.

You won’t want to miss our Grand Opening networking reception at 6 PM in the 3rd-floor foyer of the JW Marriott on Sunday.

Join us on Monday night for the Dallara IndyCar Factory Experience to lay down a hot lap for a chance to qualify for the Indy 500! Find out who in your group can lay down the fastest qualifying lap!

Things wrap up Tuesday evening with a cocktail reception, dinner on your own and an “after hours” BYO networking event

General Conference Information

The Registration Desk

The place to go for assistance with any conference needs you may have. CUE staff members will be available daily during conference hours to assist you with questions.


Conference dress is typically business casual. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes! Also, we encourage you to bring a sweater or jacket as the meeting rooms at the hotel may be cool.

Attend Our Sunday Discussion Groups

Open the conference with these unique opportunities to network with industry peers and experts. Our industry discussion groups meet Sunday from 2:00 – 3:00 PM and offer an opportunity to exchange information with peers from the Manufacturing, Retail and Transportation sectors in an informal conversational environment. Check your schedule or at the registration desk for specific locations.  At 3:15 PM, we will have our open forum Q&A Ask the Experts panel with CUE labor experts.



The CUE Member Services Portal helps CUE members take full advantage of their membership benefits.  Access your membership dues, secondary members and member only resources such as CUE newsletters, Legal Alerts and other CUE publications, conference slides, and webinars.

If you would like brief training on how to utilize the CUE website and manage your membership, please feel free to stop by the registration desk and speak with Morgan Guess.

Check out our Mobile Conference App!

Use your smartphone, tablet or computer!

  • Access session descriptions
  • Create Personalized Schedules so you never miss a session
  • View speaker Bio’s and presentations
  • Complete speaker evaluations
  • Connect with other attendees And More!

To access the CUE Conference mobile app, go to: https://cue.quickmobile.mobi/



How To Get Approval From Your Manager To Attend The Fall 2017 CUE Conference

  • September 6, 2017

Get Approval From Your Manager To Attend The Fall 2017 CUE Conference

Let’s face it, when you’re working for someone else, it’s difficult to ask your manager to spend money, especially when it comes to attending a conference.   

The ticket cost, airfare, hotel, and other expenses start to add up in your boss’ head before you can mutter the words, “Can I go to the CUE Conference in Indianapolis in October?”

We’ve got some tips to help you get that approval to register from your manager!

  1. Focus on the Business Benefit

Here are some testimonials from current CUE members about why they attend our conferences year after year:

“Excellent Organization for “state of the art”, timely, information for creating and/or maintaining a positive employee relations environment in support of a union free workplace, provides excellent networking opportunity for HR professionals.”

“An organization that provides strong support and great resources via high quality conferences and superior networking opportunities to help our organization understand the best practices in sustaining a positive employee relations environment.”

“A network of highly educated and trained professionals who provide valuable information/insight into the current labor issues. Provides excellent training and information at the CUE conferences. It is truly one of the best conferences I have attended.”

“CUE is the only place you can go to network and learn exclusively about positive employee relations and labor relations. The people are incredible. It’s a “can’t miss” meeting.”

  1. Describe How You Will Get the Most Out of the Event

Show your manager the topic and speaker list on the conference page, or clip topics from this session list below to share:

  • Boeing Election Case Study
  • The Cost of Unionization 2.0
  • Canadian Labour Law Update
  • How Engagement Impacts Your Employer’s Bottom Line
  • The Impact of Automation on Employee Relations in the Workplace
  • The Relationship Comes First: Discovering the True Path to Employee Engagement
  • Employee Relations Panel: Global Growth, Change and Positive Associate Relations
  • Labor Law and Local Policy Impact in the U.S.
  • Fuyao Corporate Campaign Case Study
  • Best Practices: How to Recruit in a Tight Labor Market
  • Labor Relations 101: Getting Back to Basics
  • Navigating ER/LR Issues during Acquisitions & Mergers
  1. Explain How You Will Minimize Travel Costs

Travel to the Fall 2017 CUE Conference doesn’t have to be expensive! CUE provides one of the most affordable conferences you will find anywhere. We cover your meal costs by offering great receptions on Sunday and Monday evening, and full breakfast and lunch on both conference days. If you are a member, this is all included in your registration fee of $850. For non-members, the rate is higher but still very affordable at $1,195.

Flights to Indianapolis are still readily available for under $300, depending upon where you are traveling from. Rooms in our block rate are $179 a night. Most of your meals are covered.

What are you waiting for?

We’ve even created a short template you can use to put your request together when you go ask for approval!

Dear [Manager],

I would like to attend the Fall 2017 CUE Labor and Employee Relations Conference taking place on October 15-17 in Indianapolis, IN.

This is an event that provides a rare opportunity to network with, and learn from, peers who are singularly focused on positive employee relations and dive deeper into areas related to this focus than any other organization in the world.

The sessions are focused on real, actionable content that we can implement immediately to grow our company—especially [SPECIFIC AREA OF FOCUS].

I am most excited about [SESSION] with [SPEAKER of COMPANY] because I will learn how to better [SPECIFIC STRATEGY].

As the [YOUR POSITION] of [COMPANY], I plan to attend the following agenda to capitalize my time and get the most immediately useful information:


The cost to attend the event includes:

  • Registration cost: $850 member / $1,195.00 non-member
    • Travel expenses: [ESTIMATE]
    • Hotel: [ESTIMATE]
    • Meals per diem: [ESTIMATE]
    • Commuting costs: [ESTIMATE]

I’ve estimated the total budget to attend the event as [ESTIMATE].

I am confident that you will see this as a worthwhile investment.

Attending will offer the chance to engage with a great network of experienced professionals facing similar challenges that are open and willing to share knowledge and resources from the very biggest companies to small one-person HR shops from many different business sectors.


[Your Name]

Washington Recess Almost Over, NLRB Slowly Forming

  • August 25, 2017

Washington Recess Almost Over

The summer recess is almost over in Washington, and politicians are preparing to head back into session and attack a slew of issues including tax reform, the government debt ceiling, and funding for a border wall along with many others. It’s no secret the Democrats and the Republicans are at odds over the issues, and are using every legislative tool possible to fight for their own positions. I’ve also heard from several updates inside the Beltway that the Democrats are doing everything possible to make each and every nominee confirmation take as long as possible. Coupling this with the slow pace at which the White House has been advancing nominees for some positions, and we have a lot of government slowdown at the Cabinet and Agency level.

Everybody Is Preparing For A Tough Fall in Washington D.C.

We also have the growing tension between President Trump and leaders in Congress which is increasing daily basis.

I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval. They… — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

…didn’t do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!That should NEVER have happened! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017

If Senate Republicans don’t get rid of the Filibuster Rule and go to a 51% majority, few bills will be passed. 8 Dems control the Senate! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2017

Tough to get anything done

This means it’s taking a lot longer to “get stuff done”. As Phil Wilson wrote today, it’s as if they are “running through a pool of oatmeal”. Still there are a couple of developments that impact CUE members directly.

Marvin Kaplan confirmed, New NLRB GC Nomination Close

Marvin Kaplan was confirmed to serve on the NLRB and there is actually now a photo of him available on the NLRB website, which may the first photo of the man ever published on the internet. I’m delighted to share it here so that you can recognize him if you ever encounter him an airport or on the streets of Washington D.C.!








Vermont Attorney Peter Robb is close to being named the next general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, according to a source familiar with the decision.

Robb, a management-side attorney with the firm Downs Rachlin Martin in Brattleboro, Vt., specializes in “defending employers from unfair labor practice charges, age and sex discrimination charges, class action age claims, and wage/hour claims as well as bringing suits against labor organizations,” according to his online biography. He has represented companies in state-level union disputes and before the NLRB.

“With such vast experience and a no-nonsense approach, Peter’s clients look to him for sharp advice, rigorous representation and powerful litigation,” his biography says.

The NLRB general counsel plays the role of prosecutor, investigating and charging companies that may have violated the National Labor Relations Act. Robb is expected to be named to the post pending completion of an FBI background check.

Robb did not respond to requests for comment. He’s slated to replace the current general counsel, Richard Griffin, Jr., an Obama appointee whose four-year term ends Nov. 4, 2017.






As always, we’ll have updates on these developments and other labor issues at the Fall 2017 CUE Conference in Indianapolis, including a great labor law and policy update that will cover current legal developments in labor relations at the federal, state and local level including NLRB changes, joint employer, minimum wage, and work scheduling ordinances, and union organizing. Featured panelists will be Steve Wheeless, John Lovett, and Roger King. Check the full schedule and register here.

Perspective | Bend the trend: Reviving unionization in America

In advance of Labor Day, the Economic Policy Institute just released an important piece on the importance of unions as a force to push back on inequality, wage losses and a political system that fails to represent most Americans. I’ll get into some of the key points in a moment, but first there’s a tough contextual point to consider in this discussion.

It’s a labor side report, but it’s worth a read. — Michael