Human Resources Management - Printing Industries Alliance

Human Resources Management

Establishing an effective human resource management program continues to be a cornerstone to building a profitable graphic communications business.

That’s why Printing Industries Alliance maintains a professional Human Resource Management Service that supports our members’ ongoing needs in this area.

Whether you are non-union or unionized, the PIA Human Resource Management Service can help you build a productive work force while saving you time and money.

“No Cost” phone consultation

Have an issue with an employee and need to discuss it with a labor attorney? No problem if you are a Printing Industries Alliance member. Most simple phone conversations are provided at no cost, beyond Association dues. If more involved assistance is required or on-site work needed, legal services are provided at a “PIA Members Only” hourly rate.

Legal services

PIA members have access to legal counsel with over 30 years of experience on graphic communications employment issues. Legal services are provided at a “PIA Members Only” rate that will save financial resources and more importantly, provide a practical solution to your HR problem.

All legal services are provided by:

Nicholas J. Fiorenza, Managing Partner
Ferrara, Fiorenza PC
5010 Campuswood Drive
East Syracuse, NY 13057
(315) 437-7600

Handbook and policy development

Looking for an employee handbook, job descriptions, or employee evaluation forms? How about new COBRA protocols, employment applications or FMLA policies?

All of this, and more, become available when you become a member of Printing Industries Alliance. Upon becoming a member, you will receive the PIA HR Documents and Forms binder. This publication will provide a solid foundation for effective human resources program. When coupled with available training and related services, the material in the PIA HR Documents and Forms binder will bring your program to a new level.

This publication is provided – at no charge – to all Printing Industries Alliance members.

Other documents are available in our “Download Vault”. HR services are also available through our national affiliate, Printing Industries of America.

Crisis Management

When a situation arises with an employee or you need assistance with a new regulation, etc., contact PIA. We take calls every day from members who need advice or a second opinion on how to handle a human resources issue. We all have them – those HR issues that just don’t go away. Call PIA at (800) 777-4742 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Union avoidance

Union organizing continues to be reported across our territory. Nick Fiorenza, PIA’s Association Counsel at Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, has extensive experience assisting members at every stage of a union campaign. Our counsel can work with your firm to provide the consulting and training that is necessary to guide you to a positive outcome. Call us at the first sign of union activity. Call PIA at (800) 777-4742 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Printing Industries Alliance holds regular programs for owners, managers, HR managers and supervisors on a variety of topics. All programs are practical and hands-on. Printing Industries Alliance also holds an annual Human Resource Conference featuring nationally-recognized speakers on the latest laws, regulations, and compliance challenges. The conference provides you with the opportunity to have our expert presenters assist you with your human resource situations. Network with others who face the same challenges on a daily basis.

Collective bargaining and labor relations support

PIA’s Association Counsel has extensive experience in negotiating labor contracts and dealing with arbitration, grievances and other union matters. Contact Nick Fiorenza, Association Counsel, at Ferrara, Fiorenza, Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, (315) 437-7600 to discuss contract preparations, disputes that arise during the contract term or any other issues. Resources are also available through Printing Industries of America. Contact Jim Kyger, Assistant Vice President, Human Relations, Printing Industries of America (Washington, DC office), (202) 730-7968 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Annual Human Resources Conference

The PIA Human Resources Conference is designed to empower participants with proven compliance strategies for meeting their biggest HR challenges. With the increasingly regulated and litigious workplace of today, it is even more important for your company to stay on top of current HR issues. Time and resources spent at the Conference learning about today’s critical HR issues and networking with other HR professionals will pay off later in helping you deal more effectively with issues as they come up during the year.

Job bank and resume referral

Printing Industries Alliance maintains active files of potential employees looking for work in the printing industry. Candidates range from press operators, prepress, bindery to management, estimators, etc. Often members can fill job openings without resorting to costly newspaper advertising. PIA members can view resumes and post job openings at at no charge or visit Jobline

Printing Industries of America offers discounted rates on ads placed on Click here for information.

Job seekers can list their resume and qualifications in the PIA Job Bank. Click on “Find an Employee”


PIA conducts regular wage, salary and benefit surveys. These detailed publications are invaluable for benchmarking your firm against industry standards.

Additionally, members regularly request “custom surveys”, generally when looking for a wage rate in a particular geographic area, how members are handling time off around a particular holiday or how other companies might deal with a particular situation.

It’s easy, quick and free for members.  Click here to download this year's PIA Wage & Benefit Survey Questionnaire for Management and Production Employees.  Click here to complete the survey online, password is required.   Deadline to participate is July 17, 2015.

Employment Practices Liability Insurance

Endorsed by Printing Industries Alliance, United Insurance Company’s (UIC) Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) protects you against claims for wrongful discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and a myriad of other charges. EPLI covers you for defense costs, judgments, awards and settlements, including punitive damages. The EPLI program can be an important part of your overall business insurance package, protecting your company from a threat that is every bit as dangerous to your bottom line as fire or theft. UIC also offers Strike Insurance and Union Organizing Defense insurance. For more information, contact PIA at (800) 777-4742 or visit

Printing Industries Alliance, your resource for professional human resource support in the graphic communications industry.

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