Aug 29

Recap: 2015-2016 School Year

The St. John’s Labor Relations and Employment Law Society hosted a number of noteworthy guests throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The speakers represented different areas of Labor and Employment Law, ranging from collective bargaining in professional sports to employment contracts with the the unionized workforce in New York City.

In April, Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce of the National Labor Relations Board spoke to the Society about his career path from starting a boutique labor law firm in Buffalo, New York to his appointment by President Obama to serve as Chairman of the NLRB.

Commissioner Robert Linn of the Office of Labor Relations, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, spoke about the challenges associated with bargaining with the unions that represent New York City workers.  He also highlighted his work on the newly developed Health Benefits Program in New York City, which is poised to save the City millions of dollars while offering affordable healthcare to city employees.

The Society also hosted Ann Lesser, the Vice President of the Labor, Employment, and Elections Division of the American Arbitration Association.  Ms. Lesser co-lectured a class with Professor David Gregory on the history of arbitration, the current state of the practice, and the future use of arbitration as a litigation alternative.

Finally, the Labor Relations and Employment Law Society welcomed William Heller, General Counsel to the New York Giants, to discuss collective bargaining with professional football players.  He emphasized the importance of Labor and Employment Law with regard to employment contracts with professional athletes.

The Society looks forward to another fascinating lineup of informative guest speakers for the 2016-2017 school year.

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