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Labor Relations

Our firm's labor practice originated with the representation of many of Connecticut's major manufacturers in union organizing campaigns and collective bargaining more than fifty years ago. We still work with many unionized employers, and assist in the negotiation of dozens of collective bargaining agreements each year. While the decline of manufacturing in the northeast has reduced the number of bargaining units in the industrial sector of our economy, the rise of unionization in the service sector has more than made up the difference.

In addition, since the passage of legislation in the 1960s authorizing collective bargaining by state and local government employees in Connecticut, we have developed what is widely regarded as the premier public sector labor relations practice in the state. Our representation of local and regional public school districts is so extensive that we have created a school law practice group to focus on those clients.

Our services to employers facing union-related issues involve matters such as: 

    • Union organizing campaigns and representation elections 
    • Collective bargaining and impasse resolution procedures 
    • Strikes, picketing, and other concerted activity 
    • Grievance and arbitration procedures 
    • Defense of unfair labor practice claims

Experience

Victory in Connecticut Supreme Court for City of Norwalk
Performance-based Interest Arbitration Proceedings
Implementation of High-deductible HSA Plan in Teacher Negotiations
Higher Education Labor Relations
Successful Outcome in Connecticut Supreme Court on Behalf of Municipalities
Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement for State University Health Center
Representation of University in Employee Termination for Sexual Harassment
Collective Bargaining Agreement for Generator Vendor
Faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement for Private University
Ruling in Favor of Client in Independent Contractor Status Appeal
Representation in NLRB Proceedings Related to Employee Protected Activity Claim
Successfully Defended Client Against Highly Publicized Appeal
Obtained Favorable Summary Judgment in Action Brought by Union
Contract Between City and For-Profit Education Company
RM Election Case
Defended State Against Union Claims Regarding Treatment of Nursing Homes During Labor Strike
Union Negotiations Over Facility Closing/Relocation
Discipline and Contract Language Interpretation Labor Arbitration
Union Labor Contract Negotiations
Landmark Case Establishing Teacher Negotiations Act Parameters
Arbitration Proceedings Resulting in a One-Year Salary Freeze
Successfully Represented Client in Arbitration Involving Employee Misconduct
Statewide Collective Bargaining Negotiations
Constitutional Law Challenges to Municipal Labor Contracts
Creation of a Public/Private Partnership
Municipal Pension Benefit Offsets Successfully Defended
Numerous Collective Bargaining Agreements for Health Care Industry
Negotiated First of Its Kind Employment Contract for Municipality

Publications

June 28, 2019  2019 Employment Legislation Summary
November 28, 2018  Graduate Students Organize Outside the National Labor Relations Board's Jurisdiction
October 24, 2018  Recent Unionizing Developments on Campus
July 11, 2018  2018 Employment Legislation Summary
July 9, 2018  Janus v. AFSCME: Implementation Issues
June 27, 2018  U.S. Supreme Court Declares Compelled Public Sector Agency Fees Unconstitutional
2017  The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act
July 21, 2017  2017 Employment Legislation Summary
November 23, 2016  Breaking News: Judge Stops New Overtime Rule
July 11, 2016  Employment Legislation Summary
January 5, 2016  NLRB Strikes Down Policy Prohibiting Recordings by Employees
2016  The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act
Fall 2015  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2015
August 6, 2015  Employment Legislation Summary
Summer 2015  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2015
July 27, 2015  Using Independent Medical Exams for Employees
March 27, 2015  Time to Reevaluate Employee Handbooks
January 26, 2015  The NLRB: A Brief Year in Review
Fall 2014  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2014
August 29, 2014  Jarad Lucan quoted in the Hartford Courant article, "Labor Ruling: Facebook Posts Were Protected Speech"
July 16, 2014  Employment Legislation Summary
Summer 2014  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2014
Spring 2014  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2014
March 6, 2014  Employers Be Forewarned: The Forms You Use to Obtain Applicant Background Checks May Violate FCRA
Winter 2014  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2014
December 4, 2013  Arbitration agreement waiving workers' class action rights is allowed: Court
Fall 2013  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2013
Summer 2013  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2013
July 16, 2013  Employment Legislation Summary
Spring 2013  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2013
Winter 2013  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2013
Fall 2012  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2012
Summer 2012  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2012
2012 Session  Employment Legislation Summary
May 10, 2012  EEOC and NLRB Impose New Rules on Employers
Spring 2012  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2012
Winter 2012  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2012
January 18, 2012  NLRB Bars Waivers of Collective Action in Arbitration and Litigation

Events

October 11, 2019  CLE Event: 2019 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
May 17, 2019  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2019 Public Sector Legal Update
March 19, 2019  CLE Event: CLE Webinar: The Janus Decision and its Impact on Employers: Where are we now?
October 25, 2018  CLE Event: 2018 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
May 4, 2018  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2018 Public Sector Legal Update
November 2, 2017  CLE Event: 2017 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 26, 2017  2017 ConnPELRA Bootcamp
September 26, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: 2017 NLRB Update: Where Are We Now?
July 13, 2017  Webinar: Is the Grass Greener for NLRB Under Trump Administration?
June 9, 2017  2017 ConnPELRA Annual Conference
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
October 27, 2016  2016 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
June 3, 2016  2016 ConnPELRA Annual Conference
December 15, 2015  FOIA: What Police and Fire Departments Must Know
October 23, 2015  2015 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
July 22, 2015  The ADA at 25: A Celebration
October 31, 2014  2014 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
June 4 & 5, 2014  Labor and Employment Updates and Topics of Interest to Police Chiefs
May 30, 2014   LERA: Is it HIPAA or is it not?
January 16, 2014  ConnPELRA: Annual Collective Bargaining Workshop
November 22, 2013  CCM: Municipal Labor Relations Breakfast
October 25, 2013  2013 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
December 5, 2012  Highlights From Our Annual Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
November 2, 2012  Labor and Employment Fall Seminar: 2012 Update on Labor and Employment Law
January 2012  Trends in Interest Arbitration
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