ABGL represents a considerable number of labor unions in the New York area. We are committed to our labor clients and to a full understanding of the important issues that impact on those clients.
We represent union clients and employees in numerous industries, in both the private and public sector, including construction and building trades, security personnel, law enforcement, education, entertainment, to name but a few. Our labor group provides clients with the experience and negotiating skills to address difficult political, management and legislative issues.
Our Attorneys have considerable number of years of combined experience. Some have worked for the National Labor Relations Board and with the Public Employment Relations Board. We regularly represent clients on various issues before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the New York State Labor Relations Board, the New York State Division of Human Rights, as well as other administrative agencies. Central to our expertise is the background of some of our Attorneys. One Attorney was a union organizer while he attended law school at night, and another Attorney worked as a construction journeyperson throughout his college and law school career. We feel that we understand our clients because essentially our Attorneys come from "Blue Collar" backgrounds.
We have a substantial amount of experience in connection with project labor agreements and similar issues resulting in contractor responsibility language. One of our Attorneys was instrumental in assisting a number of New York municipal entities in drafting their initial resolutions allowing project labor agreements, as well as preparing the project labor agreements themselves; this Attorney has established a national reputation in the area of project labor agreements which he shares with clients, as well as other interested parties throughout the United States. Another Attorney has developed a State-wide reputation as an authority on all forms of compliance with Federal and State labor statutes; he has been considerably involved in the passage of certain of these statutes.
Our Attorneys bring to the table expertise in the area of collective bargaining; they work on a number of well-publicized collective bargaining agreements. The firm also represents clients in both the private and public sector in arbitration proceedings. In fact, members of our firm have lectured extensively before trade and attorney associations, employment groups and labor unions and have provided media interviews relating to work place discrimination, construction labor law and other labor issues. Seminars have included Practices and Procedures before the National Labor Relations Board, Sexual Harassment and Workplace Discrimination, Project Labor Agreements, Internal Union Matters, Cases, Laws and Administrative Rulings That Affect Unions and Employers From the Standpoint of Sexual Harassment, A.D.A. and Privacy on the Internet, as well as all aspects of Project Labor Agreements and Contractor Responsibility, Freedom of Information requirements on Prevailing Wage Projects Under New York State Law, Making Responsible Contractor Policies Under the Labor Law Work, as well as the interaction of collective bargaining process with the role of ERISA Trustees.
What places us apart from a number of other firms is the fact that several of our key Attorneys have a background, not only in labor law, but employee benefits and employment law that allows them to understand the full scope of the needs of our clients.