Labor unions can be critical to ensuring safe workplace conditions, fair pay, and job security for workers. While every worker should have these vital protections, reaching an agreement with an employer can often require vigorous negotiations and compromise. It’s important for a labor union to have counsel who know how to fight for the best interests of its members.
At Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling LLC, our labor law attorneys represent labor unions for a wide variety of matters, including organizing, collective bargaining, and arbitrations. We also represent unions in both the private and public sectors at administrative proceedings. Our attorneys stand up for unions throughout Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania for a broad scope of labor law issues.
Workplace conditions, hours, and wages that are negotiated by unions are usually superior to those of non-union workers. Although there are state and federal laws in place to protect the rights of workers, the benefits afforded by union contracts and collective bargaining agreements are often greater than those required by statute. This is why it is imperative to have an adept labor law attorney who can provide strategic advice and diligent counsel.
The attorneys at Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling provide a wide variety of legal services for unions. We assist with the following matters:
Critically, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) covers a wide array of activities. Employers are prohibited from preventing workers from forming a union and using threats or intimidation tactics to prevent them from joining one. Under the NLRA, workers have the right to self-organize, bargain collectively, talk with co-workers about workplace conditions, and go on strike. Employers may not promise benefits to discourage employees from supporting a union, threaten loss of benefits for joining a union, or subject an employee to an adverse employment action for engaging in union activity.
Working closely with the unions we represent, the legal team at Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling takes the time to explain the applicable laws and regulations to ensure members are aware of their rights. Whether we are engaged in negotiations, advocating at an arbitration, litigating in court, or appearing before the National Labor Relations Board, our clients can rest assured that we are committed to one thing — securing the results they need.
Many workers who are not members of a labor union are not aware that traditional labor laws may protect them when they are engaging in what is defined as “collective action” or “concerted activity.” This type of action may be necessary in the workplace to protect individual rights and promote their enforcement. It is considered protected activity — and employers are not permitted to retaliate against workers who engage in collective action or concerted activity..
Specifically, an employee may be able to pursue legal action against their employer for retaliation if (1) they engaged in protected collective action or concerted activity; (2) the employer knew about the conduct ; and (3) the employer took adverse action as a result. An adverse employment action may be anything from termination to demotion, transfer to a less desirable location, a decrease in salary, or other actions.
In addition to representing unions and their members, the labor law attorneys at Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling provide counsel to individual employees who have been subjected to retaliatory action and unfair labor practices by their employers. Whether a case involves organizing a union, collectively asserting employee rights, or engaging in concerted activity, our attorneys are dedicated to representing workers who have been wronged by their employers. We work with our clients every step of the way to help them navigate what is often a complex process.
If you have been reprimanded or terminated for discussing wages or working conditions, our labor law attorneys can assist you, call (412) 338-1445 or email us to schedule a no-fee, initial conversation. Located in Pittsburgh, Stember Cohn & Davidson-Welling LLC handles a wide variety of labor law matters for clients in Pittsburgh and throughout Western Pennsylvania.