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Philadelphia Labor Lawyer Shares Collective Bargaining Strategies for Police, Fire

May 25, 2016

Philadelphia labor and employment attorney Richard G. Poulson recently presented a session on collective bargaining for public safety employees such as police officers and fire fighters at a seminar organized by LRIS, Labor Relations Information System.

Based in Portland, Oregon, LRIS is a leading resource on personnel issues for public safety professionals and their employers. Held in Las Vegas, the conference focused on recent developments from around the United States in the area of public safety labor relations.

Poulson’s session, which he co-presented with Ohio employment attorney Jonathan Downes, was entitled The Nuts & Bolts of Bargaining, Bargaining Strategies, and Media Relations and explored best practices such as keeping a “contract notebook” and ways to effectively deal with various constituencies, including union members and elected officials, during difficult times.

A partner in the labor practice group at Willig, Williams & Davidson, Poulson has represented labor unions since the beginning of his legal career in 1997. The son of a Philadelphia firefighter and a teacher, he has dedicated his practice to improving the lives of working families in areas such as safe working conditions, occupational injury and illness, and political action.

About Willig, Williams & Davidson – Willig, Williams & Davidson is one of the largest and most respected union-side labor law firms in the United States. The firm has offices in Philadelphia, Media, Jenkintown and Harrisburg, Pa., as well as Haddonfield, N.J., and Chicago, Ill. Founded in 1979, Willig, Williams & Davidson focuses on representing labor unions, employee benefit funds and individual working people and their families on a variety of legal fronts, including national, regional and local contract negotiations; dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration and litigation; tax and benefit law compliance issues; discrimination and other employment matters; prepaid legal services for union members; and workers’ compensation matters in Philadelphia and beyond.

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