A Day in the Life: Union Attorney

Ariana R. Levinson
Associate
Holguin & Garfield, APLC

9:15 a.m.: Arrive at the office, check e-mail and get situated.

9:30 a.m.: Research the fairly obscure issue of whether an employer's use of joint union-employer letterhead without union consent is grounds for an unfair labor practice charge.

11:20 a.m.: Take care of some administrative work, organizing research files and looking at mail from over the weekend.

11:40 a.m.: Review fax regarding a grievance that the union is pursuing to arbitration to make sure arbitration demand was amended. Review voluntary NLRB notices of dismissal.

12:15 p.m.: Hold phone conference with NLRB agent. NLRB is filing a complaint on an information request charge against an employer and informs me that the employer had filed an information request charge against the union. Discuss the issue with the partner on the case and e-mail our client.

12:40 p.m.: I call the business representative of a client to discuss a protest being planned that may involve some civil disobedience.

1:00 p.m.: Eat lunch at desk while reading Daily Journal and the latest issue of BNA's Labor Relations Reporting Manual Update.

1:45 p.m.: Draft answer to a tort complaint-in-intervention filed against union because of an injury to a trucker by a member dispatched from a hiring hall.

2:00 p.m.: Call a client to discuss prior settlement agreement.

2:05 p.m.: Research the proper method of service of summons on a [John] Doe defendant and complete a draft of answer.

6:00 p.m.: Leave the office.