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How to Succeed at Labor Arbitration

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Produced on December 08, 2016

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Course Information

Time 1h 3m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: Labor & Employment Administrative

Course Description

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. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Define and discuss the process of labor arbitration
  2. Understand the impact of the Steelworker Trilogy
  3. Identify best practices for successful labor arbitration

Credit Information

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Paul Burmeister

Davis & Campbell L.L.C.

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)

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Lorraine L.

Great intro to labor arbitration. Thank you!

Irene S.

The presenter was an excellent speaker.

Devora L.

Good program

Brian A.

As a first line supervisor in the federal government over employees from two different unions, this was very helpful and relevant to my job.

Manuel B.

Very basic and straightforward. It made in easy to follow.

Amy S.

Great presentation from an experienced lawyer

Sean F. T.

Great, precise presentation.

William B.

Outstanding presentation.

Daniel B.

A good introduction to the topic

Mark M.

I like the extemporaneous way that Mr. Burmeister makes his presentation.

Susan M.

Interesting. Great presentation. Kept me engaged.

Jules S.

Good fundamentals.

Fred J.

great clarity in the presentation

Chris S.

Solid Presentation.

John B.

Very good CLE. Good presentation!

Eric L.

Excellent program.

Janice R.

great presentation organized

Henry V.

Great primer.

Mailee S.

Excellent - great info and written materials

Caroline B.

Very practical, useful information - thank you!

William H.

Good introduction to the arbitration process

Natale D.


Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for this excellent -- very clear and full of practical suggestions, as is appropriate for the subject.

Melissa B.

Solid presentation

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