Labor/Employment Law

Kalniz, Iorio & Reardon, Co., L.P.A. represents public and private sector labor organizations and their members before state and federal courts, administrative agencies and arbitrators. The firm represents individuals in disputes with their employers, and in actions to enforce state and federal workplace rights, including whistle-blower protection, the right to organize and the right to a workplace free from unlawful discrimination.

Representative Cases:

  • Bd. of Educ. of Findlay City Sch. Dist. v. Findlay Educ. Ass’n , 49 Ohio St. 3d 129, 551 N.E.2d 186 (1990) The Ohio Supreme Court upheld a contractual binding arbitration clause in a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Toledo Police Patrolman’s Ass’n, Local 10 v. City of Toledo , 127 Ohio App. 3d 450, 713 N.E.2d 78 (Ct. App. Lucas County 1998) The Union obtained a status quo injunction pending arbitration, enjoining police department’s implementation of one officer patrol cars.
  • UWA Local Union 1112 v. Philomena, 121 Ohio App. 3d 760, 700 N.E.2d 936 (Court of Appeals of Ohio, Tenth Appellate District, Franklin County) Ohio Appellate Court decision invalidating certain aspects of a campaign finance reform bill including a provision that would have banned public sector political checkoff and restricted member solicitation.
  • NLRB v. Good Shepard Home, 145 F.3d 814 (6 th Cir. 1998)
  • EEOC v. Patrick Henry Educational Ass’n, 741 F. Supp. 670; 741 F. Supp. 670 (D.C. Ohio, N.D.) (1990)
  • Finnegan v. Leu, 456 U.S. 431 (1982) Established the authority of union leadership in the context of staff employment issues.
  • Teirney v. City of Toledo, 917 F.2d 927 (6 th Cir., 1990). The first significant case in the Sixth Circuit establishing the right of public sector labor organizations to obtain contributions from non-union members for the costs of collective bargaining and contract administration.
  • Tracy v. Otsego Board of Education, 6 Ohio St. 3d 305,453 N.E., 2d 610 (1983) (Ohio Supreme Court). Establishing the procedural due process rights of teachers pursuant to collective bargaining agreement, prior to the enactment of state legislation securing the rights of public employees.
  • Detroit Police Officers Ass’n v. City of Detroit, No. 88-CV72349D.T., (E.D. Mich. 1988) (Suit filed on behalf of DPOA which sought to enjoin City of Detroit’s mandatory drug testing program for officers).
  • Detroit Police Officers Association v. City of Detroit, (U.S. Dist. Ct., E.D. Michigan). Suit wherein DPOA successfully compelled City to remedy Fair Labor Standards Act violations, and obtained award of attorney’s fees and $400,000 for members.
  • Toledo Police Patrolman’s Ass’n v. City of Toledo, No. 89-4407 (C.P. Lucas County 1989) Suit wherein the police union obtained a three year restraining order enjoining police internal affairs investigations based upon the City of Toledo’s inability to maintain the confidentiality of internal affairs records.
  • State vs. Cortner, 76 Ohio App. 3d 648, 602 N.E. 779 (1992). This is a criminal/labor case where it was held that the teacher’s act of holding a violent student’s arm behind his back in order to gain control of him does not rise to the level of recklessness and cannot support a conviction of disorderly conduct.
  • People v Stephen Merring, Case No.: 14-0464-SM (Hastings Teacher Cleared of Indecent Exposure Charge) ( See Article from by John Agar ) Teacher Cleared Indecent Exposure Charge 10/13/14 (pdf)