Harry J. Secaras

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Mr. Secaras counsels and represents employers throughout the country in employment matters including traditional labor matters (compliance with the National Labor Relations Act, collective bargaining and grievance/ arbitration matters), employment law issues (including issues arising under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act) and employment-related litigation in federal and state courts and before federal, state and local administrative agencies.


Traditional Labor Relations:

Mr. Secaras has negotiated many collective bargaining agreements (including agreements on behalf of employer associations). He has represented employers in representation and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and in the Appellate Courts. During the last five years, Mr. Secaras has negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of an association comprised of more than 100 privately owned nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Illinois, an association of residential construction employers in Illinois, and a privately owned trucking company employing more than 1500 bargaining unit employees at multiple locations across the United States and Canada.

He successfully represented a large manufacturer in the container industry in an unfair labor practice matter alleging that the employer refused to bargain in good-faith and unlawfully locked out its employees. The NLRB reversed the findings of the Administrative Law Judge and ruled that the Company had engaged in “hard bargaining” but had bargained in good faith and lawfully locked out the bargaining unit. The D.C. Circuit affirmed the Board’s decision.

Other examples of Mr. Secaras’ Traditional Labor experience include:

  • On behalf of a company in the food service industry, assisting the company to prevail in a NLRB election against the Teamsters Union. Notwithstanding the unexpected petition, Mr. Secaras guided the employer through a campaign resulting in a majority of production and maintenance employees voting to not be represented by the Teamsters.
  • On behalf of a national health care company, develop and implement a strategy to resist organizing by the Service Employees International Union in Illinois.
  • On behalf of a company in the plastics industry, develop an election campaign strategy which resulted in the Union withdrawing its Petition for Election two days prior to the election.
  • On behalf of a company servicing commercial railroads, develop and implement a negotiation strategy for bargaining to preserve company work and work rules notwithstanding aggressive union negotiation tactics.

Wage and Hour:

Mr. Secaras routinely counsels employer regarding employee classification issues, proper payment of overtime, and proper utilization of tip-credit under federal and state law. He has defended many lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Mr. Secaras also represents employers in audits conducted by federal and state wage and hour agencies. Most recently, he represented a restaurant with eight locations being audited by the U.S. Department of Labor and successfully reduced the auditors’ calculations by more than $40,000.


Mr. Secaras regularly represents employers in administrative matters before federal, state and local agencies including the EEOC and state/local human rights agencies and the DOL (OSHA and FLSA matters). He also counsels and advises clients on day-to-day employment matters including development and implementation of employment policies, handbooks and manuals.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association (Labor Section; Committee on Practice and Procedure before the NLRB)
  • Former Regional (Midwest Region) Committee Chair (Management) – ABA Committee on Practice and Procedure before the NLRB
  • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois (Member; Past President; Past Chairman of the Board of Directors; Founding Member; Board of Directors)
  • Member, Continental Who’s Who
  • Member, COO Forum (Chicago Chapter); Steering Committee Member
  • Instructor, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
  • Labor Relations Training for Manager and Supervisors in a Unionized Setting
  • Successfully Navigating the Grievance and Arbitration Process in the Public Sector


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