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OVERVIEW

Amy J. Zdravecky
Partner

Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 616-742-3988

M 312-338-5937

F 616-742-3999

OVERVIEW

Amy J. Zdravecky
Partner

Grand Rapids

171 Monroe Avenue N.W.
Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2694

Chicago

One North Wacker Drive
Suite 4400
Chicago, IL 60606-2833

P 616-742-3988

M 312-338-5937

F 616-742-3999

Amy Zdravecky counsels employers throughout the country on traditional labor relations and employment law matters. She focuses on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings, union-organizing campaigns and NLRB elections, arbitrations, collective bargaining, and other contract negotiations and employment discrimination issues.

OVERVIEW

Amy Zdravecky counsels employers throughout the country on traditional labor relations and employment law matters. She focuses on National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings, union-organizing campaigns and NLRB elections, arbitrations, collective bargaining, and other contract negotiations and employment discrimination issues.

Amy is experienced in representing employers in the retail, hospitality, warehouse, distribution, manufacturing, food production, transportation and healthcare industries. She advises and trains clients on employee relations, union avoidance, collective bargaining strategies, sexual harassment and compliance with state and federal employment laws. Amy also offers an in-depth understanding of Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Notably, Amy currently serves as the management chair of the Subcommittee on the Development of the Law under the NLRA for the American Bar Association, which gives her the opportunity to frequently interact with the NLRB and its general counsel and which assists her in interpreting new regulations and other unique labor law issues. A frequent author and speaker on traditional labor law matters, clients and colleagues alike value Amy for her legal acumen and responsiveness to their needs.

Professional and Community Involvement

Fellow, American College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Member, American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section

Management chair and committee co-chair, American Bar Association Subcommittee on the Development of the Law under the NLRA

Editor, Developing Labor Law, American Bar Association

Honors

Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016-2019; Rising Star, 2009-2010

Chambers USA, 2009-2019

Leading Lawyers, 2014-2019

Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent

EXPERIENCE

Her significant representations include:

  • Represented numerous hospitality organizations in negotiations, union organizing campaigns and arbitrations involving the UNITE HERE and IUOE
  • Represented a nationwide meat packing company, airline catering company, distributor of sundry products and Midwestern grain company in numerous union organizing drives, NLRB-proceedings, and/or union certification and decertification elections, involving the UFCW, the RWDSU, Steelworkers and Teamsters Unions
  • Served as chief labor negotiator during several initial and successive contracts involving the SEIU, the Teamsters, UNITE HERE, RWDSU, UFCW, the Utility Workers and the Steelworkers Unions
  • Retained by several national employers with more than 50 U.S. locations to conduct positive employer relations training and union vulnerability audits and assessments at numerous locations
  • Represented numerous clients in various industries in WARN Act litigation, including class action litigation
  • Represented a client in a jury trial in a case involving alleged claims of age and disability discrimination

*These representations occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

EXPERIENCE
Presentations
  • Speaker, “Mock R-Case”, ABA 11th Annual CLE, Washington DC, November 10, 2017. Speaker, “The Law of Successorship,” ABA 10th Annual CLE, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2016
  • Speaker, “On the Border: The Intersection of the NLRA and Immigration Law,” ABA 7th Annual CLE, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2013. Speaker, “NLRB and Social Media,” ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, August 2012.
  • Speaker, “NLRB and Social Media,” ABA Committee for Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Midwinter Meeting, Key West, Florida, March 2012.
  • Speaker, “Who Will Guard the Guards?”, ABA Committee for Development of the Law Under the NLRA, Midwinter Meeting, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, March 2, 2010.
  • Speaker, “If I Only Had a Brain . . . I Could Figure Out the Contours of Concerted Activity Versus Other Competing Rights.” Quietflex Mfg., Co. L.P., 344 NLRB No. 30 (June 30, 2005), ABA Committee for the Development of the Law under the NLRA, Midwinter Meeting, Palm Springs, California, February 28, 2006
  • Speaker, “Employment Law Update,” 28th Annual Conference on Not-for-Profit Organizations, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, June 6, 2009.
  • Speaker, “The Employee Free Choice Act,” Chicago Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section Lunch Series, April 9, 2008.
  • Speaker, Institute for Applied Management & Law, “Certificate in Employee Relations Law” (various dates and nationwide locations).

*These occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

Publications
  • Co-author, “On the Border: The NLRB’s Entry into Immigration Issues: The Employer’s Perspective,” ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, Volume 29, Issue 3 (August 2014)
  • Author, “Best Practices in Negotiating Union Contracts After 14 Penn Plaza,” Corp! Magazine, June 4, 2009.
  • Co-author, “Getting Ready for the Obama Board, The Illinois Manufacturer, Summer 2009 Edition.
  • Author, “Quietflex Manufacturing and Its Ten-Factor Balancing Act for Determining How Long a Protected Concerted Work Stoppage Can Continue on the Employer’s Premises,” The Labor Lawyer, Summer 2006 edition.
  • Contributing Editor to Developing Labor Law Supplement, 2007-2017 and Sixth Edition.

*These occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

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