At Boxer & Gerson, LLP, our ties to the labor movement stretch back to before our founding in 1977, and it is safe to say our firm has never lost touch with its labor roots. The current firm was an outgrowth of a leading labor law firm that included Joseph Grodin, who later went on to become a Justice of the California Supreme Court.
Co-founding partner Stewart Boxer, the son of a Teamster and husband of longtime United States Senator and Congresswoman Barbara Boxer, has a long history of union advocacy. His co-founding partner Michael Gerson has also served many Bay Area unions on labor issues and workers’ compensation over the years.
Over the years, we have worked with many of Northern California’s major labor unions to advance the rights of workers. Our support staff are members of Teamsters Local 856, and our firm has a commitment to patronize union businesses whenever possible.
Our firm has remained focused on advocating for California workers and their families through effective trial advocacy. Whenever the need arises, firm leaders have worked closely with the California Labor Federation and other union organizations to provide input on workers’ compensation reform and other legislation affecting California workers.
We also support pro-union candidates for political office, provided they meet qualifications important to their constituency.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys assist injured workers to obtain medical treatment, temporary disability payments, and other benefits before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.
Union members who suffer serious injury or death because of dangerous machinery, subcontractor negligence, vehicle accidents, or other third party causes can turn to our personal injury trial lawyers for expert assistance.
Boxer & Gerson, LLP works cooperatively with many of Northern California’s largest unions. We advise business agents, stewards, and other union leaders on workers’ compensation issues, job safety, job site civil cases, and Social Security Disability for injured workers who are unable to return to the labor market.
Our lawyers are also available free of charge to conduct workshops for the staff and members of Bay Area locals. Many of our attorneys and staff members were themselves raised in union families, and we are pleased to participate in union picnics, luncheons, conferences, and other union-sponsored events.
If you are a union business representative interested in arranging a speaker or finding out how Boxer & Gerson can help your members, please contact Managing Partner John Harrigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to provide links to many union websites, listed below. If you would like to add a link to your union website, please send an email to email@example.com.
We also invite unions to link our website to yours. This will make it easy for your members to access the hundreds of pages of important legal information we have compiled here for their benefit. If you link to our website, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know.
Northern California Union Websites
AFSCME Local 444 www.afscme444.com
AFSCME/EBMUD Local 2019 www.afscme2019.org
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 www.atu192.org
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 www.atu1555.org
American Federation of Teachers/Berkeley www.berkeleyfederationofteachers.org
American Federation of Teachers/Oakland www.aft.org/affiliate/00771
California Labor Federation www.calaborfed.org
Communications Workers of America Local 9410 www.cwa9410.com
Communications Workers of America Local 9415 www.cwa9415.org
Fremont Teachers www.fudta.org
International Association of Firefighters Local 55 (Livermore/Pleasanton) www.iaff55.com
International Association of Firefighters Local 1974 (Livermore/Pleasanton)
International Association of Machinists Lodge 190
International Association of Machinists Lodge 1173
International Association of Machinists Lodge 1584 www.iamlocal1584.com
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 6 www.ibew6.org
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 302 www.ibewlu302.com
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617 www.ibew617.com
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245 www.ibew1245.com
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 70 www.teamsterslocal70.org
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 78
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 315 www.teamsters315.com
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 439 www.teamsters439.com
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 665 www.teamsters665.org
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 853 www.teamsters853.org
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 856 www.local856.com
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 www.ifpte21.org
International Longshore and Warehouse Union www.ilwu.org
International Union of Operating Engineers (Stationary Engineers) Local 39 www.local39.org
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3 www.oe3.org
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades www.iupat.org
International Union of Painters Local 1176
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council (United Brotherhood of Carpenters)
PACE Local 8-5
Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 300 www.opcmialocal300.org
Roofers Local 40 www.rooferslocal40.org
Service Employees International Union Local 521 www.seiu521.org
Service Employees International Union Local 1021 www.seiu1021.org
Sheet Metal Workers Local 104 www.smw104.org
Sign Display & Allied Crafts www.local510.org
Sprinkler Fitters Local 483 www.sprinklerfitters483.org
UA Local 38 – Plumbers www.ualocal38.org
UA Local 342 – Pipefitters www.ua342.org
Unite Here Local 2 www.unitehere2.org
United Auto Workers Local 2244
United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 5 (formerly 428) www.ufcw5.org