Labor Law Representation in Springfield, MA
Workers depend on unions to advocate for fair wages, reasonable workplace policies, and to safeguard their rights when issues arise. At Connor & Morneau, LLP, our labor attorneys have extensive experience successfully representing unions and individuals in collective bargaining negotiations, arbitration, civil service appeals, and other complex legal matters. We are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and helping labor organizations operate efficiently and effectively.
Union Representation and Organization
Our labor attorneys have represented many unions and their members throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We can assist you in various matters, including organizational planning and training, union constitutions, and contract negotiations. We help union officers understand their responsibilities and advise them on how to build strength, resilience, and how to serve their members best. No matter what type of employment or labor issues you may be facing, our team is there for you.
Collective Bargaining Negotiations
Fair wages, reasonable working conditions, and benefits are critical elements of any employment contract. Our team is dedicated to helping union workers fight for their rights with one solid voice, and the labor attorneys at Connor & Morneau, LLP are well-versed in the collective bargaining process. We help unions negotiate fair employment contracts and resolve any disputes that may arise. We also assist organizations with developing procedures for complaints and employee termination and creating collective bargaining agreements that outline all policies agreed upon by both the employer and the union.
Grievance Hearings and Arbitrations
When an employee files a grievance with their union, seeking the counsel of a skilled labor law attorney is critical to protecting their rights and interests. Our attorneys are experienced in arbitrating a wide range of grievances, from unfair labor practices to suspensions and CBA violations. Our labor lawyers understand the arbitration process from beginning to end. We handle all legal aspects of grievance arbitration, including:
- Negotiating a settlement with the employer or agency
- Presenting relevant evidence
- Examining and cross-examining witnesses
- Challenging testimony and evidence from the employer or agency
- Showing how, when, and where management violated labor law or a collective bargaining agreement
- Appealing unfavorable arbitration decisions
Civil Service Appeals
Our labor attorneys are intimately familiar with the civil service appeals process in Massachusetts. We help clients understand their rights under the law and guide them through the process every step of the way. Having qualified legal representation at your pre-trial conference can give you an idea of what to expect going forward and may even lead to settling the matter without a full hearing. A lawyer can help you properly prepare for your trial, and ensure that all documents, witnesses, and other evidence are ready when your hearing date arrives. Our labor attorneys know how to present compelling evidence to back up your appeal and work aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Merger and Affiliation Proceedings
Although labor union mergers and affiliations can streamline the operation of unions, make them stronger, and benefit members, they are not without pitfalls. It’s critical to have experienced labor attorneys who understand the nuances of the merger and affiliation processes.
Depending on the specific circumstances, there are different reporting requirements for each union involved in a merger or affiliation. The reporting and disclosure requirements for union mergers and alliances, as set forth by the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), are complex. At Connor & Morneau, LLP, we understand the multifaceted aspects of these proceedings. Our team ensures that all federal, state, and local reporting, disclosures, and other documentation are compiled, completed, and submitted in an accurate and timely manner.
Contact A Labor Law Attorney to Learn More
Whether you need assistance with creating union bylaws, collective bargaining, or other legal matters involving labor law, our attorneys at Connor & Morneau, LLP can help. We serve clients in Springfield, MA, Hampden, Franklin, Berkshire, and Worcester counties, and throughout Western New England. To schedule a consultation with a labor attorney, contact us at 413-455-1730. We look forward to serving your legal needs.