Areas of Practice

Labor & Employment

Fletcher & Sippel LLC attorneys have counseled and litigated in virtually every aspect of railroad and rail-related employment matters. Naturally, we are very familiar with the unique procedures and requirements of the Railway Labor Act. We have enjoined strikes, arbitrated labor disputes ranging from simple discipline cases to multi-million dollar work rule disputes, and then litigated the validity of the resulting arbitration awards. We regularly advise clients in connection with unionization drives and operational changes. We have litigated employment discrimination claims of all kinds as well as litigated and arbitrated claims for labor protection against individuals and unions. We have also handled several OSHA whistle-blower complaints.

Our unique experience of having several former in-house attorneys gives Fletcher & Sippel LLC an unparalleled understanding of management's perspectives and goals in labor and employment matters, and we apply that understanding in negotiating labor contracts and developing realistic personnel policies that comply with the web of employment laws. We are also unique in our ability to provide our clients with the benefit of an extensive personal network of governmental officials, labor union leaders, railroad negotiators and other key players in the rail and rail-related industry.