Despite the prevailing belief that the days of unions are behind us, millions of employees in the United States are represented by labor unions. After the well-known Steelworker Trilogy of cases, The Supreme Court has advocated for, and successfully introduced, arbitration as the preferred means of settling collective bargaining agreement disputes. Almost every union contract in our country has a grievance procedure culminating in final and binding arbitration.
The labor arbitration process is similar to other types of arbitration. But it has many wrinkles which start at the grievance filing itself and extend all the way through post-award hearings. Questions such as 'how do I pick my arbitrator?' to 'do I have to answer discovery request?' to 'what is just cause?' are examined during this action packed hour, led by attorney Paul Burmeister. Success may not always be measured by winning or losing in labor arbitration, but by the end of this course, you should be on the way to knowing the basics of getting through an arbitration hearing without getting a paper cut.
Paul focuses his practice on representing business owners, companies, and educational institutions, primarily in the areas of labor and employment. Paul handles all aspects of employment litigation on behalf of employers and management, as well as general counseling on day-to-day employment matters. He also advises clients in union settings and maintaining positive employee relations. Paul spends a significant portion of his time defending clients in all manners of employment litigation, regularly appearing before the EEOC, IDHR, the National Labor Relations Board and Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, as well as federal and state courts.
Paul has been admitted to practice and represented clients in several jurisdictions, including the State of Illinois, Seventh Circuit Appellate Court, and the Central and Northern District Courts of Illinois (where he is a member of the Trial Bar).
Paul is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Illinois State Bar Association.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (B.A. 1991; M.A. Labor Relations, 1997)
Loyola University Chicago School of Law (J.D., 2001)
As a first line supervisor in the federal government over employees from two different unions, this was very helpful and relevant to my job.
Very basic and straightforward. It made in easy to follow.
Great presentation from an experienced lawyer
Great, precise presentation.
A good introduction to the topic
I like the extemporaneous way that Mr. Burmeister makes his presentation.
Interesting. Great presentation. Kept me engaged.
great clarity in the presentation
Very good CLE. Good presentation!
great presentation organized
Excellent - great info and written materials
Very practical, useful information - thank you!
Good introduction to the arbitration process
Thank you for this excellent -- very clear and full of practical suggestions, as is appropriate for the subject.
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