Boxer & Gerson Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Dennis Popalardo, Deirdre Mochel and Justin Litvack teamed up two nights ago to make a presentation to the Stewards Council of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 29 at the union’s offices in Oakland. Local 29 represents more than 6,000 office, technical, professional and health care employees at more than 300 workplaces in the Bay Area.
Shop stewards are elected or appointed to represent each workplace in the union. They function as the point person to whom an employee would turn with urgent or even routine issues that come up in the workplace with other members, before or in lieu of the issue being addressed at the union local level. The trio of Boxer & Gerson attorneys thus focused their presentation on making sure the stewards received an accurate overview of workers’ compensation law and various do’s and don’ts when an employee gets injured at work.
Boxer & Gerson attorneys make regular presentations to union and other groups for whom it is imperative that they have a solid understanding of workers’ compensation law. The law also tends to be in flux as new legislation or court decisions interpreting existing law revise its various processes, procedures and applications. Presentations to union stewards are in addition to similar appearances in front of rank-and-file union members, executive boards, and union business agents.
Deirdre Mochel addresses OPEIU shop stewards with help from Justin Litvack (front center). Photos by Dennis Popalardo.