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Labor union representing rail workers threatens strike

For New York workers in any job, one of the most powerful levers they have in ensuring that they are treated fairly with employee benefits and other issues is their ability to strike. In turn, the union must represent the interests of all union members to maximize their ability to get what they are asking for at the collective bargaining table. The idea of a union is to serve the interests of its members and part of that is to have competent and experienced legal representation.

Injunction sought by UFT after union members fired from school

Even unions that are perceived to be exceedingly strong need to have legal representation to ensure that their rights are adhered to. Some of the more powerful unions in New York include law enforcement and teachers. When there is a dispute over some issue related to labor law, the National Labor Relations Board is available to help those who believe there has been a violation committed against union members. This is especially important when there are dismissals that are deemed to have been unjust and violated the contract.

Legal assistance is key for collective bargaining in New York

Even New York State workers who are part of a union and the union itself will need to be protected when contract negotiations are underway. Union representation is a vital part of workers being treated fairly and protected, but if there are mistakes made when negotiations are taking place, it can undo all the hard work that was done in formulating the union in the first place.

Important points about COBRA in New York

One of the most important benefits that an employee can have when working is health coverage. The ongoing debate in government as to how health benefits will be dealt with hammers home the point as to how much of a hot button issue this is. Union members should be aware of certain aspects of their rights under labor law when it comes to health coverage. One such aspect is the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1986, known under the acronym "COBRA."

Understanding union member rights

There are many benefits to joining a union. Workers in New York and elsewhere understand what a union stands for, but they many not fully understand how far their rights extend. The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act afford union members certain rights. This Act also imposes responsibilities on union officers. Additionally, this Act provides workers with specific union member rights.

Why unions are important for New York workers

There is power in numbers. This is one significant reason why labor unions in the U.S. and New York specifically have benefited and will continue to benefit the labor force. As labor law attorneys, we have represented unions in their efforts to protect their rights and the overall dignity of hardworking members of the workforce. 

Collective Bargaining and Litigation Services for Unions

The labor law attorneys of Pitta LLP are proud to represent unions in New York and New Jersey. Local and international unions in virtually every industry and profession rely on our firm for comprehensive labor and employment law services.

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