Counsel's Corner

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Counsel's Corner - May 2012
Auld Lang Syne At this time of year, the words of the old Scots poem, written by Robert Burns in...

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Counsel's Corner - May 2012
Moving Onward, Moving Forward Of all the dispatches to the SFPOA membership I have written over...

Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Grievance and Arbitration Primer
One of the most important tasks any union may undertake is filing a grievance on behalf of a member...

Sunday, January 01, 2012
One Victory; On to Another Challenge
The timing was nothing if not ironic:  a broad coalition championed by labor achieves victory...

Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Appellate Court Rules that Officer May Waive POBRA Rights
One of the more nettlesome questions in jurisprudence concerns the extent to which legal rights can...

Saturday, October 01, 2011
Retirees and Active Employees: Standing Shoulder to Shoulder
As the attacks on public employee retirement benefits continue in full force, we must be on our...

Thursday, September 01, 2011
Public Employee First Amendment Rights – One Step Forward, One Step Back
The last time I wrote about the ever-diminishing protections for public employee free speech was in...

Monday, August 01, 2011
Beating the Age of Anxiety
The modern era has been described as the Age of Anxiety, fitting all too nicely with the present...

Wednesday, June 01, 2011
A Tale of Two Cities – SF Shows the Way on Pension Reform; SJ Goes Nuclear
The contrast is remarkable: In San Francisco, Mayor Edwin Lee sits down and actually negotiates...

Thursday, May 05, 2011
Counsel's Corner - May 2011
Because of the demands of negotiations in both San Francisco and San Jose  -- aimed as they...

Friday, April 01, 2011
Organized Labor at the Brink
Almost a quarter of a century ago, in the fall of 1987 on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Cambridge,...

Tuesday, March 01, 2011
State Appellate Court Rejects Orange County’s Challenge to Retirement Benefit Enhancements for Current Employees
In a closely watched case, the Court of Appeal for California’s Second Appellate District rejected...

Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Restoring Sanity to the Pension Debate
It is time to restore a semblance of sanity to the white hot debate over public employee pensions...

Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Prop. B Defeat – A Measure of Delagnes Leadership
At long last, there is some good news to write about: as I’m sure everyone is aware, Proposition B...

Monday, November 01, 2010
Rendezvous with History
It’s hard to remember a day more important to police labor’s future – and, by extension, to the...

Friday, October 01, 2010
Federal Courts Weigh Public Employees’ Fourth Amendment Rights
In recent months the federal courts have afforded some guidance in an area of the law that remains...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Attack of the Killer Initiatives
Like some horror movie where monster after monster keeps on coming despite the hero's best efforts...

Sunday, August 01, 2010
Redefining Victory
By wide margins, the rank-and-file members of both the San Francisco POA and the San Jose POA...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010
Ninth Circuit Rejects Police Officers’ Claims for Donning/Doffing Pay
A couple of years ago it was all the rage to file lawsuits claiming that police officers were...

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