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Labor Unions

McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP (“MSE”) is a union-side labor firm that regularly represents international and local unions and their members. In addition to serving as legal counsel to multiple public safety labor organizations, our lawyers regularly represent labor unions and their members in negotiations
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McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP (“MSE”) is a union-side labor firm that regularly represents international and local unions and their members. In addition to serving as legal counsel to multiple public safety labor organizations, our lawyers regularly represent labor unions and their members in negotiations and in labor arbitrations, and before state employment commissions, and Federal and State courts.

MSE has an extensive list of unions and locals that we have represented, including:

  • American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA)
  • FOP-MPD Labor Committee (DC Police Union)
  • International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
  • National Air Traffic Control Association (NATCA)
  • National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE)
  • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
  • Teamsters International
  • Sergeants Benevolent Association, NYPD
  • FOP-U.S. Capitol Police Labor Committee
  • FOP-Pentagon Police Labor Committee

Collective Bargaining

Attorneys at MSE understand the collective bargaining process, including the National Labor Relations Act and the Federal Service Labor-Management Relations Statute. We have negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of unions in the both the public and private sectors across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our expertise and advocacy can assist you in negotiating a fair terms for your members and can lead you through any disputes that may arise in the process.

Grievances and Labor Arbitration

We have advocated on behalf of hundreds of labor unions and their members in grievances, including through arbitration and post-arbitration appeals. Our lawyers regularly win grievances, putting union members back to work, with backpay, and have recovered millions of dollars in unpaid wages for members under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Individual Matters for Union Members

MSE lawyers are ready to aggressively litigate on behalf of individual union members through lawsuits in state and federal courts. We have successfully litigated cases involving violations of union leaders’ free association and speech rights, as well as violations of an individual’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Title VII.

Legal Representation for All Workers

When McGillivary Steele Elkin LLP decides to take your case, it is because we believe there is an unacceptable workplace violation that has negatively impacted you or resulted in your employer paying less than what the law requires and which we have a reasonable chance of remedying. We recognize that meritorious claims should not go unremedied because of the level of a person’s resources.

To ensure accessible and available legal representation for all our clients, MSE handles cases through different forms of fee arrangements, including contingency fees, hourly fees and fixed fees.

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