The union labor lawyers at Smith's Law Offices provide experienced legal representation with the most effective tools available to support union leaders as they strive to provide their members with responsive and strong representation.
They have represented and assisted unions for more than thirty years in industries such as public and private transportation, manufacturing, mining, health care, security services, ready mix, construction, baking, and public services.
They stand solely on the side of unions in their labor practice.When facing companies with war chests to hire lawyers and union busters, union leaders must have as a resource attorneys such as Smith's Law Offices, who they can trust and rely upon to provide strategic legal representation, navigating to obtain wins at the bargaining table, arbitration hearings, with unfair labor practices and elections.
Solidarity, loyalty, and strength led to union formation and growth and remain cornerstones even as unions face constant changes and new challenges. These challenges include the need for unions to protect their members while at the same time protecting their bottom lines.
Smith's Law Offices’ appreciation of this is one reason that it remains committed to reducing legal costs while at the same time improving legal services, and therefore it provides unions with a variety of individually tailored fee options. Value-based choices such as per-project fees, flat monthly fees, or competitive hourly rates are all available to ensure our clients increase the quality of the services they provide while reducing costs.
Proactive daily counseling and advising, including attendance at board meetings and membership meetings.
Representation in negotiations, fact finding proceedings, mediations, conciliations, and interest arbitrations.
Representation in labor arbitrations whether disciplinary or contract interpretation.
Training stewards, trustees, executive board members, officers, and business agents.
Representation in proceedings before the State Employment Relations Board (SERB), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Department of Labor (DOL), the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Bringing and defending unfair labor practice charges.Litigation in state and federal courts.
Drafting of bylaws, union policies and procedures.
Conducting internal union officer elections.
Brian Smith and John Sivinski have extensive experience representing unions serving employees in industries such as public and private transportation, manufacturing, mining, health care, schools, security services, ready mix, construction, baking, and public services.
They have represented employees at employers such as the Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority, Ohio Turnpike Commission, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, Cleveland Public Schools, Medina County Engineers Office, Lorain County Detention Center, Cargill, Inc., Granger Trucking, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Akron Beacon Journal, Smuckers, Pierre’s, and Schwebels.