Public Sector Labor Relations
It is no secret that in recent years, government entities have experienced the largest growth of any sector of the workforce in the influence and representation of organized labor. Our attorneys have unmatched experience in evaluating and responding to the unique challenges facing public sector employers. We represent educational institutions, municipalities and state agencies in all aspects of labor relations, including union organizing, collective bargaining, strike management and resolution, interest and grievance arbitration, unfair labor practice hearings and injunction actions. We have litigated extensively before the Illinois Labor Relations Board, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board and in state and federal courts. Few firms match our depth and breadth of experience in this field.
We offer unparalleled experience in representing municipalities of all sizes in collective bargaining and interest arbitration for fire and police personnel. We maintain a comprehensive library of all Illinois interest arbitration decisions, and also have extensive experience with, and knowledge of, the vast majority of arbitrators serving Illinois and surrounding states. Indeed, the Firm successfully represented the City of Chicago in one of the most complex interest arbitrations in Illinois history. We take great pride in our ability to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement without resorting to interest arbitration. At the same time, we are prepared and highly capable to arbitrate when necessary.
Teacher Dismissal and Discipline
When issues arise with employee performance or misconduct, school districts of all sizes throughout the State of Illinois rely upon the expertise and guidance of our attorneys to help them navigate the minefield of teacher discipline. From counseling clients on conducting effective evaluations, to investigating misconduct, to drafting remediation plans, to representing school districts in teacher termination hearings, our combined experience, reputation and resources in labor and employment law truly sets us apart from other firms.