On behalf of construction industry employers, Bob has litigated and prevailed in actions brought by union trust funds seeking to apply union contracts to a nonunion entity under an alter ego/single employer theory of liability.
Bob was one of several counsel responsible for the successful challenge of a multiemployer pension fund’s assessment of withdrawal liability in a case of first impression involving the construction industry exemption under MPPAA and its application to circumstances involving the post-withdrawal acquisition of a nonunion competitor performing work in the same geographic area as the (formerly union) withdrawn employer.
Bob represented a major employer in the defense of a nationwide class action brought in the federal district court for the Northern District of Ohio involving increases made to the premiums charged under that employer’s collectively bargained retiree health benefits plan. That case involved more than 600 retirees and/or their surviving spouses from 12 plants in 10 states, and was ultimately settled in 2009. Bob was instrumental in determining and negotiating the settlement amount, obtaining court approval of the settlement, and implementing the settlement after its approval.
Bob has also acted as lead trial counsel in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge cases, as well as labor and multiemployer trust fund cases in the federal district courts in Illinois, California, Colorado and Minnesota, including individual jury trials in those jurisdictions under the ADEA, Title VII, Section 1981 and state law.
Bob is General Counsel to and represents the Mid-America Regional Bargaining Association (MARBA). He, along with other attorneys from the Chicago office, have represented MARBA and its member associations (Illinois Roadbuilders, Builders Association, Lake County Contractors, Fox Valley AGC, Mason Contractors Association, Chicagoland Crane Association, Underground Contractors) in negotiations for area-wide agreements with the Teamsters, Operating Engineers, Laborers, Technical Engineers, Auto Mechanics, Bricklayers, and Carpenters in the Nine-County Northern Illinois area.
Bob is also Labor & Employment Counsel to the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago.