Protecting Labor, Unions And Their Workers
The labor movement exists to protect workers, further their interests and better the world for all workers. At Livingston, Adler, Pulda, Meiklejohn & Kelly, PC, our attorneys work to protect labor, whether representing unions, their members or individual workers in those unions.
Unions have been central to helping workers obtain rights and to protect those rights. Our firm was founded 40 years ago with a mission of protecting workers. One of our attorneys is a lifelong union member and his parents were a union president and a social worker. We understand the importance of the labor movement and the complexity of the labor laws.
Passionate Protection For Workers And Unions
But we are not just ‘lawyers in suits’ who are technically capable of arguing both sides of complex labor issues. We are passionate about our protection of workers, unions and the labor movement. We know many of the benefits enjoyed by workers in this country were the result of a long and often bloody struggle to achieve those benefits. Rights many workers take for granted, like the 40-hour workweek, vacation and sick time, pensions, child labor laws, and many others.
Union: Workers Working Together
Unions have been under attack since before there were unions in this country. For more than 150 years, there have been very focused attacks by employers to weaken and destroy unions. Why? Because employers know they benefit from isolating and taking advantage of employees as individuals. When workers band together as a union, that strength prevents individual workers from being exploited and abused.
Righting The Imbalance Of Power
Most workers are busy doing their job and supporting their families. Labor and employment law in the U.S. is very complex. There are dozens of federal and state laws that affect the workplace, from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which governs much of the wage rates and overtime of workers to the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) protecting the health and safety of workers, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for family leave and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) governing pensions, to name but a few.
It is literally a full-time job to understand how all these laws function and who to use them to effectively protect the rights of employees. That is why we focus our practice on labor and employment law. We represent unions before the National Labor Relations Board, the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations, and state and federal courts, and at arbitrations and in negotiations.