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Union Formation and Management

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What many employees come to realize is that they may be best off creating their own association which can intelligently and purposefully bargain for the rights and benefits unique to them. While the process can seem daunting, our professionals have vast experience in helping unions of all sizes with comprehensive guidance from A-Z on union formation.

Some of the foundational issues we help potential new unions with are as follows:

Decertification

G&A can help your union understand the relevant timing and limitations for decertification including running intelligent campaigning for support of a new union, obtaining a showing of interest needed to secure an employee vote, facilitating informational meetings to educate employees and answer questions, and securing recognition from the employer as a new exclusive bargaining representative.

Establish a New Union

G&A’s team is an expert in completing the many tasks to such as securing tax ID numbers, filing articles of incorporation, drafting bylaws, selecting a board of directors, setting union dues, and obtaining errors and omissions insurance.

Union Management

G&A is happy to consult clients on aspects of ongoing union-management including conducting union meetings and thee Roberts Rules of Order, drafting and updating necessary bylaws, keeping accurate financial records, defending or prosecuting civil litigation matters on behalf of the association and more.

Public Employee Relations Board

G&A can help your new union with the nuances of interacting with the Public Employee Relations Board.

Duty of Fair Representation

A union owes a duty of fair representation to all of the workers it represents. G&A can help ensure your union complies and acts fairly, impartially, and without ill will or discrimination when pursuing a worker’s grievance or when negotiating a new contract with the employer, including help with hearings and obligations.

Other Details

In addition, G&A can help with any other union formation and management issues such as what to discuss in an open forum versus executive session, handling and filing grievances under the contract, guidance relating to Political Action Committee and related funds and more.

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From formation and establishing a board of directors, we provide advice and guidance on all aspects of director duties and obligations. The purpose is to help union directors thoroughly understand their responsibilities and obligations to their membership while avoiding pitfalls and mistakes.

If you are thinking about or want to learn more about forming your own new union or union management in general, contact our team of expert attorneys at 1 (916) 851-1900.

Contact G&A’s expert team now to have your legal needs reviewed.

Resources

California Courts Not Sympathetic To Employee Claims on PEPRA Pension Issues

By: Paul Goyette A recent string of California Superior Court and Court of Appeals Decisions indicate a clear trend to decline various employee and employer organization challenges to PEPRA. PEPRA is a form of pension reform law that was passed in 2012 and became effective January 1, 2013. PEPRA made several changes to the California public sector pension systems....

Voided Appointment Overturned for California State Employee

Attorney Brett Sherman of Goyette & Associates successfully represented a State of California Employee in the overturning of a voided appointment. Employee X* was promoted to a Staff Services Manager I (SSM) position within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2007. Employee X worked in that capacity until 2013, at which time Employee X...

2017: A Year in Review

by: Nicole Valentine It would be an understatement to say that 2017 was one of the most rewarding years in my practice as a criminal, labor, and licensing attorney. Below are some of the most notable results I achieved for my clients in each of these areas: One of the most important highlights of this year was when I won a client a full dismissal of all counts of an...

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