PUBLIC UNION LABOR LAW
Following a workplace investigation or arrest and conviction for off-duty conduct relating to employment, employees often face adverse action or disciplinary action such as formal reprimands, reductions in pay, suspensions without pay, demotions, and terminations. In California State employment, these disciplinary actions are labeled “adverse actions” and can be appealed to the State Personnel Board. In local government – cities, counties, and special districts – disciplinary actions are typically issued in proposed form before a due process meeting, known as a “Skelly hearing.” Public sector employees in local government typically have appeal rights under the agency’s personnel or civil service rules, or under the disciplinary appeals provisions of a memorandum of understanding. Private sector employees in a union workplace typically have appeal rights described in the employer’s disciplinary action policy or under the collective bargaining agreement. Contact us to speak to a labor attorney about defending you are facing career-threatening discipline at work.
Unfair Labor Practices
We prosecute and defend unfair practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Our advocacy at the NLRB and the PERB includes drafting or responding to unfair labor practice complaints, attending conferences with board agents, administrative trials before administrative law judges and board members, and appeals of administrative decisions in state and federal courts. Contact us to speak to an NLRB and PERB unfair practice attorney about your case.
Our labor attorneys have expertise in enforcing the terms of collective bargaining agreements involving wages, hours of work, and conditions of employment. Grievances under labor contracts typically involve several steps of internal administrative review culminating in a hearing before a private arbitrator, neutral hearing officer, appeals board, or civil service commission. The final decision can be either binding or advisory, but can generally be appealed further in state or federal court.
In these challenging economic times, we excel at negotiating collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) and memorandums of understanding (MOUs) for trade and labor unions, as well as labor organizations representing city, county, and State of California employees. Our union clients include labor organizations throughout California representing thousands of working people, such as water and wastewater workers, fire sprinkler fitters, firefighters, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, peace officers, fish and game wardens, lifeguards, military aviation training professionals, office professionals, engineers, electricians, investigators, hydroelectric power plant operators, heavy equipment operators, commercial drivers, laborers, code enforcement officers, police and fire dispatchers, evidence technicians, librarians, records clerks, and hundreds more. Contact us to speak to an experienced labor attorney about professional assistance with negotiating your next labor contract.