In New York, unions are a critical part of ensuring that workers receive all the benefits they are entitled. That includes health care, a fair wage, coverage if there are injuries on the job, retirement benefits and much more. This can be problematic if there is an employer who is seeking to save money or deprive workers of their rights under labor law. When issues arise, there are certain steps that a union can take, such as grievance mediation, arbitration proceedings and other strategies related to collective bargaining. Having a law firm that is experienced in union representation is essential in these and other matters related to labor law.
In New York City, transit workers are an essential part of daily life, even if few commuters notice their importance. In addition to playing a key role in keeping the city running smoothly, these workers are subject to various dangers while on the job. If there are clear dangers and workers, speak up about it, it is expected that the MTA will take their concerns seriously and take steps to address them. If they do not, it is up to the union to protect its union members. Having a law firm that is well-versed in helping a labor union is foundational.
In New York City, where there are constantly major construction projects taking place, it is natural that there will be disagreements between companies and the unions representing workers who are handling the project. Cost is a constant worry for these projects and companies, concerned about the bottom line, will take steps and make allegations asserting that a labor union or more than one labor union are trying to take advantage by inflating costs. It is these types of disagreements that make it even more imperative that unions are protected by a law firm that is experienced in union representation.
The Supreme Court of the United States heard arguments on February 26, 2018 for Janus v. AFSCME Council 31. It is one of the most critical cases regarding unions and their ability to represent workers in a long time. It will be decided by this summer, but it is important to stay on top of the news and understand what it means for collective bargaining across the nation.
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New Yorkers who are in a union and believe they have a secure job and are safe in their future employment will often be shocked to learn that their employer is experiencing financial problems. They will face fear and worry if those financial problems extend to the degree that the employer needs to file for bankruptcy or is dealing with litigation related to those financial struggles. Unions must make certain that they protect their interests in this situation by contacting a law firm that is experienced in union representation.