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概要

テリー・ドーソン
パートナー

インディアナポリス

11 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

P 317-231-7269

F 317-231-7433

概要

テリー・ドーソン
パートナー

インディアナポリス

11 S. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

P 317-231-7269

F 317-231-7433

インディアナポリス事務所パートナーとして労働法部門に所属。労使関係、団体交渉、組合回避等の労働法関連アドバイスに加え、FMLA、ADA等の雇用法関係の法務アドバイスを提供している。

OVERVIEW

インディアナポリス事務所パートナーとして労働法部門に所属。労使関係、団体交渉、組合回避等の労働法関連アドバイスに加え、FMLA、ADA等の雇用法関係の法務アドバイスを提供している。

ロックンロール・ディスクジョッキー、バスケットボール、野球、フットボールの実況、ニュースリポーター、音楽監督、イリノイ州上院議員のプレスリリース書記官など、ユニークな経歴を持ち、インディアナポリス事務所パートナーとして、約25年にわたり労働法部門に所属。

日本、ドイツをはじめとする外資系企業を含め、製造業、自動車産業、放送、造船、市郡など、地方自治体、大型小売店、スーパーマーケット、美術館、博物館、公共施設、医療等、幅広い業界にクライアントを持つ。

組合、企業間の仲裁、団体交渉、事業戦略、法的アドバイスなど、労使関係の法務を専門とする。Steelworkers(鉄鋼労働組合)、Teamsters(トラック運転手組合)、IBEW(国際電気士組合)、SEIU(サービス従業員国際組合)、AFTRA(米国テレビラジオ芸能人連盟)、UAW(米自動車労働組合)、AFSCME(米国州・郡・市職員連盟)、Carpenters(米国大工労働組合)をはじめ、労働組合との団体契約で企業を代表するほか、従業員ストライキやロックアウト、団体交渉、中期契約の交渉、工場閉鎖に関するアドバイス提供している。

カリフォルニア州からジョージア州に及ぶ広い範囲で、組合化運動や組合選挙に関してアドバイスを提供しており、全米最大といわれる組合化運動でもクライアント企業の組合化回避に成功している。インディアナ州商工会議所では、約20年にわたり組合化回避プログラムを紹介しており、ほかにも経営者や会社幹部を対象とした組合回避のプログラム、セミナー、トレーニングを数多く提供している。

労使関係に加え、FMLA弁護士としても知られ、休暇の頻発、断続、及び複雑な休暇、欠勤等をはじめ、FMLA(家族医療休暇法)、ADA(米国身障者保護法)関連で発生する問題を取り扱う。FMLA(家族介護休暇法)、ADA(米国身障者保護法)のコンプライアンス、公正労働法、ハラスメント防止などのトレーニング提供をはじめ、民間、公的機関の法的問題回避策をクライアントと共に考え、ビジネス目標の達成に努めている。

連邦裁判所、州裁判所、行政機関、NLRB(全国労働関係局)、EEOC(雇用均等機会委員会)、Indiana Civil Rights Commission(インディアナ州人権委員会)、OSHA (労働安全衛生局)、米国労働省などにおける法廷では、訴訟弁護士として企業を代表している。

メディア関連の経験から、マスコミへの広報窓口、PRに関するアドバイスを行う一方、テレビ、ラジオ等のメディアにも、NLRBや組合化の問題、最新の法務関連ニュース、NFLストライキなど、様々なトピックで出演し、解説を務めている。

インディアナ・ステート大学卒業、南イリノイ大学カーボンデール校にてJ.D取得。The Best Lawyer in America誌に毎年名を連ねている。

インディアナ北部、及び南部地方裁判所、第7巡回控訴裁判所登録弁護士。

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2014-2019

Experience

Defeated Year-Long Corporate Campaign

The UFCW and various union front organizations attacked a major grocery store chain at more than one hundred locations throughout two states with a corporate campaign. The union tried to publicly embarass the company with marches and demonstrations, held a trumped-up "workers rights board" hearing regarding the company's employment practices, issued press releases, created a web site attacking the company, and aggressively sought to organize numerous store locations. Terry created strategies to counter the union's year-long campaign and to protect the company's reputation. After many months of constant pressure, the union filed a petition at only one store. Terry created a campaign, trained managers and supervisors throughout the organization, and developed legal strategy regarding which employees would be eligible to vote. Faced with dwindling support following the employer's campaign, the union withdrew its petition for an election and abandoned its campaign.

Midterm Bargaining Results In Dramatic Savings

A major oil refiner asked Terry to create a strategy to freeze and ultimately eliminate a union pension while in the midst of a multi-year contract. Despite the challenge of a collective bargaining agreement that barred this change absent the union's consent, Terry developed a strategy that resulted in a ratified agreement achieving all of the company's objectives and realizing substantial savings.

Union Disclaims Interest After Bargaining

Terry helped an employer develop a plan to completely rewrite a longstanding collective bargaining agreement, including leaving an underfunded pension plan. After leading the negotiation for weeks, employees voted to ratify the agreement, which resulted in substantially enhanced employer flexibility. Following ratification, employees were unhappy with the union and its approach to bargaining. After asking how they could stop paying dues, Terry helped develop a lawful communication plan to provide factual information regarding the process. When every unit employee informed the union that they no longer wished to pay union dues, the union disclaimed interest and walked away, leaving the company union-free for the first time in more than 60 years.

Reverses Momentum Of Union Organizing Drive

An employer faced its 2nd organizing drive in as many years after making several communication and management missteps. Although managers believed the union had significant momentum and feared the organizing drive was lost, Terry quickly created a strategy to lawfully address the communication errors, took advantage of union misstatements and helped shift the debate to issues that disadvantaged the union and led to a company victory.

City Hires Dawson After Negotiations At A Standstill

An Indiana city had reached a standstill with its sanitation department and called Terry into the negotiations. After taking the lead, he reached a union-recommended tentative agreement. When the union nevertheless, rejected the contract, Terry developed strategy to defeat the union's interest arbitration claim and the parties' tentative agreement was implemented.

Employer Files Petition To Decertify Union

As contract negotiations approached, several employees approached the company and expressed interest in becoming union-free. After capturing the evidence on affidavits, Terry filed an RM petition (an employer's equivalent to an employee decertification petition) with the National Labor Relations Board. Employees ultimately decided they no longer wanted union representation.

Retailer Decertifies at Multiple Locations

A retailer had several union locations in Northern Indiana and Chicago; when a single location sought decertification, the union argued that all locations should be included, apparently believing employees had insufficient cards to support decertification across locations. The union was wrong. After agreeing to expand the unit, Terry helped create a decertification strategy. As a result, every location was ultimately decertified, leaving the company union-free for the first time in many years.

Wage Concessions Ratified

Terry helped devise a strategy to make significant contract changes, including changing the employee method of compensation. After several negotiating sessions,Terry obtained a tentative agreement and recommendation from the bargaining committee.

Trucking/Warehouse Operations Outsourced

An employer decided it wanted to concentrate on its core business and outsource its distribution and warehouse operations. Although four different collective bargaining agreements were involved with different expiration dates and challenging language, a ratified agreement and recommendation was obtained from the union bargaining committee despite also eliminating a multiemployer pension plan.

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