Stanford and Packard Nurses, Represented by Altshuler Berzon LLP, Go On Strike in Collective Bargaining Dispute

April 25, 2022 – Some 5,000 nurses at Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford went on strike on Monday morning, April 25, for better wages, benefits, and working conditions, after 93 percent voted to authorize a strike.  Contract negotiations between the hospitals’ management and the Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement (CRONA), the nurses’ collective bargaining representative, are ongoing.  Altshuler Berzon LLP is serving as lead negotiator for CRONA in the negotiations.  You can read more about the strike here, here, here, and here.

 

Altshuler Berzon LLP Named West Coast Labor & Employment Firm of the Year by Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation honored Altshuler Berzon LLP with its Labor & Employment Firm of the Year – West Coast Award. Benchmark Litigation’s annual awards recognize distinguished litigators and firms for the work they’ve conducted in the past year, using peer review-based research and submissions to help determine the most impactful cases and the lawyers and law firms behind them. At a ceremony in San Francisco on April 7, 2022, attended by many members of the West Coast legal community, Altshuler Berzon LLP partner Jim Finberg accepted the award on behalf of the firm. Altshuler Berzon LLP is humbled to receive this award and extends congratulations to the other award winners and nominees for their excellent work in 2021.  

 

Jim Finberg accepts the Labor & Employment Firm of the Year – West Coast Award on behalf of the firm.

Altshuler Berzon LLP seeks fair wages for community college part-time faculty

Altshuler Berzon LLP has filed a class action lawsuit against the Long Beach Community College District seeking to change the District’s compensation practices for part-time instructional faculty and obtain damages for minimum wages owed. The lawsuit alleges that the district’s compensation structure for part-time instructional faculty, also known as adjunct faculty, violates California minimum wage law. Part-time instructional faculty members are paid only for the time they spend teaching in the classroom, but receive no compensation for the work they perform outside the classroom in connection with teaching their classes. This outside-the-classroom time includes such work as preparing for classes, grading student tests and writing assignments, and communicating with students. The lawsuit alleges that the District knows and expects part-time instructional faculty members to perform this outside-the-classroom work, and that it is unlawful for the District to refuse to compensate part-time instructional faculty members for the many hours that they necessarily work outside the classroom to teach their classes effectively.

The lawsuit, Karen Roberts and Seija Rohkea v. Long Beach Community College District, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks damages, liquidated damages, penalties, and injunctive and declaratory relief on behalf of a class of at least 600 individuals.