Willig, Williams & Davidson serves as legal counsel to hundreds of labor organizations representing both private and public employees. Our labor law attorneys are uniquely familiar with the federal and state administrative agencies and courts, and the laws that govern all aspects of the workplace.
Willig, Williams & Davidson’s labor lawyers provide strategic advice to and advocacy for our union clients at initial organizing campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, contract administration and enforcement, grievance and interest arbitration proceedings, workers' compensation for union members and unfair labor practice proceedings. We also provide sound legal advice regarding day-to-day union administration, union elections, reporting and record keeping obligations, establishment of political action committees and management of the clients’ own staff and human resource issues. We help guide our clients through difficult economic times by providing strategic advice to unions faced with employer downsizing, relocations, closings and bankruptcies.
As your legal allies, Willig, Williams & Davidson can provide your union with a wide range of services and experienced labor representation. On any given day, our labor attorneys appear before federal and state courts, administrative agencies, boards and commissions. Whether negotiating collective bargaining agreements, arbitrating grievances, or litigating labor related claims, Willig, Williams & Davidson is an aggressive and seasoned advocate for unions and the working families that they represent.
Labor Law - Union Representation: Resources
Cases to Watch: 'Right to Work' Lawsuits February 14, 2017 For the past few years, there has been a concerted attack mounted by various conservative groups against labor organizations representing public sector workers. The attacks include promoting state legislation abolishing collective bargaining by public workers outright or seriously eroding the rights of public workers to negotiate over wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment.
6,000 UPS Teamsters Ratify Strong 5-Year Contract March 3, 2015 In February 2015, more than 6,000 UPS workers represented by Teamsters Local 710 overwhelmingly approved a new five-year contract that provides improved wages and benefits for UPS employees in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana.
Supreme Court Victory for PA Healthcare Workers and the Public March 3, 2015 On Nov. 20, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a 5 to 1 decision, issued a decision in a lawsuit filed by Willig, Williams & Davidson partner Bruce M. Ludwig on behalf of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, a number of individual nurses, and various state senators and representatives.
NLRB's New Rules for Processing Union Elections June 12, 2012 On April 30, the National Labor Relations Board's amended regulations for processing union elections went into effect. The rules, which generated significant controversy as well as a lawsuit, were designed to increase efficiency, eliminate unnecessary delay and prevent parties from abusing the election process.
PA Medical Center Files for Chapter 11 April 11, 2012 The fate of Saint Catherine Medical Center, found to be ineligible for participation in the Medicare program because of serious deficiencies that placed patient health and safety in immediate jeopardy, has been placed in the hands of a court-appointed trustee.
Pennsylvania Courts Continue to Protect Post-Retirement Employee Benefits March 12, 2012 In recent years, employers have become increasingly aggressive in their attempts to reduce or eliminate post-retirement benefits earned by union workers. This focus on reducing so-called “legacy costs,” in relation to pension and retiree medical benefits, reflects demographic and accounting rule changes that have caused those benefits to make up a greater share of workforce costs than in years past (although not nearly as large as some employers would suggest).
Court Says Philadelphia Fire Service Paramedics Can Remain In Firefighters Union Local 22 January 19, 2012 Union Law Firm Willig, Williams & Davidson Wins Reversal of PLRB Decision Protecting Collective Bargaining Rights of Fire Service Paramedics. Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court ruled that the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 22, AFL-CIO, Fire Service Paramedics, also known as Philadelphia Medics, should be considered firefighters under PA Act 111. The ruling reversed a September 2010 decision by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.
Willig, Williams & Davidson Gets Injunction to Stop Pension Changes January 10, 2012 On Dec. 29, 2011, Alaine S. Williams of Willig, Williams & Davidson obtained a preliminary injunction on behalf of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 85 to stop planned pension changes by Erie County, Pa.
Judge Halts Erie County Nursing Home Workers' Pension Changes December 29, 2011 AFSCME lawyer from Philadelphia, filed paperwork in Erie County Court asking a judge immediately to halt the changes so that the union can dispute the changes before the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board and also challenge the constitutionality of the pension plan changes.
Federal Judge Rejects City of Harrisburg's Bankruptcy Petition December 6, 2011 In a case that has received national attention, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has rejected a petition filed by the City Council of Harrisburg, Pa., for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Bolsters Public Workers' Pension Rights November 29, 2011 On November 25, 2011, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued a unanimous decision protecting the pension rights of public employees in a case litigated by Willig, Williams & Davidson and the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board on behalf of firefighters in the City of Erie.
NLRB, Employer Studies Analyze Increase in Social Media Workplace Disputes September 19, 2011 U.S. employers continue to overreact to employee social media activities – and employees and unions continue to allege that they are breaking the law in the process – according to two recent studies released by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Teamsters Local 676 and Willig, Williams & Davidson Win Paycheck Fight for New Jersey Public Employees August 5, 2011 New Jersey labor and employment attorney Laurence Goodman’s legal victory in a dispute over unpaid wages for Teamsters Local 676 and a group of New Jersey public workers was the subject of a recent article in the Times of Trenton. The case involved East Windsor Township’s improper denial of wages to employees in violation of their collective bargaining agreement. Attorney Goodman and the Teamsters union overturned the pay reduction at arbitration, then successfully defended the arbitration victory in the face of an employer appeal
Pennsylvania Legislature Passes Bill Designating Cancer an Occupational Disease for Firefighters July 8, 2011 On July 7, 2011, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 46 of 2011, which designates cancer as an occupational disease for firefighters and doubles the limitations period for filing firefighter cancer claims to more than 11 years. Enactment of the firefighter “cancer presumption” law caps a 25 year effort by professional and volunteer firefighters to win this much-needed protection.
NLRB Announces Groundbreaking Settlement in 'Facebook Firing' ULP Case February 21, 2011 On February 7, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board announced a groundbreaking settlement in a highly-publicized unfair labor practice dispute involving an employee who was terminated for posting disparaging comments about a supervisor of her Facebook page.
Labor Attorney John Bielski Quoted on Erie Pennsylvania Union Case March 16, 2010 "The City of Erie threatens closure of one fire station after the Erie Court of Common Pleas grants the Erie Firefighters motion for civil contempt for failure of the City to implement safety and staffing provisions of the interest arbitration award previously affirmed by the Court"
Decision in Vergara v. California Hands Major Victory to Teachers and Teacher Unions By Lauren Hoye On Monday, August 22, 2016, the highest state court in California, the California Supreme Court, voted 4 to 3 to decline hearing an appeal in a lawsuit challenging California’s teacher protection laws. In what is a major victory for teachers and teacher unions, the California Supreme Court ruled in Vergara v. California...
Elections 101: What Potential Union Representatives Need to Know Labor unions are complex and highly regulated entities. A union, by nature, must uphold the values of a democracy while fastidiously fulfilling its obligations as a distinct legal institution. When elections are held within a union to determine who is best suited to be at its helm, the stakes can be very high for members....
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