Michael J. Lotito practices all aspects of traditional labor relations, including matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act. He has extensive experience in advising clients how to combat the new technique of corporate campaigns labor unions have used to increase their membership. He regularly assists clients in conducting internal and external vulnerability assessments to create stronger organizations which also help to pre-empt union organizing.
Michael is one of the nation’s leading authorities on preventive strategies in the workplace. He has served as lead counsel for some of the country’s largest corporations, helping them develop and implement business, legal, and preventive strategic solutions to labor and employment issues.
He advises organizations on all matters affecting the employer-employee relationship such as conflict resolution, alternate dispute resolutions, and equal employment opportunity concerns. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. His testimony in July 2011 before the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee highlighted the need to eliminate rulemaking changes that would shorten the National Labor Relations Board election period.
Michael has addressed other emerging workplace issues on behalf of a variety of trade associations submitting amicus briefs and extensive comments to proposed rules including those under the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA).
Michael has been recognized with a lifetime Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. A noted speaker and presenter, Michael addresses an extensive variety of management groups including boards of directors, company executives, managers and supervisors, and trade association representatives. He has trained literally thousands of managers and supervisors over the course of his career. He has spoken before a wide variety of audiences throughout the U.S. and world, including Germany, Taiwan, and South Africa. He is frequently quoted in the media in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, Harvard Business Review, and major television and cable news programs. He has authored articles for many respected publications, including HR Magazine, Human Resources Executive, and ACC Docket, published by the Association of Corporate Counsel. His most recent thought leadership piece for the ACC Docket appeared in the April, 2012 edition which deals with the globalization of labor relations.
Ricardo Torres spent 24 years as a senior union official for the Teamsters and the United Steelworkers Association on the national level. During his time with the Teamsters, Ricardo has lobbied with both Houses in Washington D.C. with the AFL-CIO, worked with joint council's legislative departments throughout the country, and worked with union outreach programs in the UK and Latin American countries within Central America and South America to help promote labor law change in economically struggling countries. He was a strike and corporate campaign coordinator.
During his career within the unions, Ricardo took more than 1,000 campaigns to election nationally.
Today, Ricardo is working with management to help them maintain their union-free status through his company, Permanent Solutions Labor Consultants. Under Mr. Torres' leadership, PSLC works to provide an "Inside Edge" in maintaining a union-free work environment through his experiences and knowledge gained from serving as a high-ranking official inside the union.