Once again, I will be a panelist and speaker at the San Francisco Labor Law and Labor Arbitration Institute on August 22 and 23. Everyone learns a lot in this in-depth and interactive event. Link to register.
Like many other people, I’ve been “sheltering in place” for the past two weeks. As soon as I started, I reached out to parties who had scheduled hearings in the coming weeks and invited them to cancel without penalty. I’ve continued to keep my availability calendar current, however, I do not intend to do in-person hearings until at least May 1. With so many cancellations (and many other cases not yet scheduled), I recommend that you consider whether your case might be amenable to a video hearing. I have Zoom and am happy to set that up. Otherwise, I recommend requesting hearing dates for the summer, as my time will fill up quickly when the shelter-in-place order is lifted. I look forward to working with you and BE WELL!
My office will be moving to East Span Studios. Effective March 1, 2019, my physical address will be 953 W. MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94608. I will have limited conference room availability, if necessary, for parties who are unable to agree on a location for their hearing. Please contact me at andrealdooley (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.
After several years at my current rate, I’ve decided to increase my per diem effective March 1, 2019. Any selections made before that date, even if scheduled for after March 1, will be billed at my current per diem of $2000. to download a copy of my rate schedule, click HERE.
Every couple of years, the Northern California Region of the National Academy of Arbitrators hosts a great event called “Meet the Arbitrator.” This full-day conference includes many opportunities to meet local labor arbitrators and hear how they consider the most current pressing issues arising in labor arbitration today. Participants can get MCLE credit and lunch for a very low registration fee. The next “Meet the Arbitrator” is scheduled for April 26, 2019 from 8:00am-4:30pm at Milton Marks Conference Center, 455 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, and I will posting registration information when it’s available. In the meantime, mark your calendars for this great event.
The California State Mediation and Conciliation Service publicizes fact-finding reports that have become public, and I’ve added links to a couple of my published reports on my Published Decisions page. Fact-finding reports differ from arbitration decisions. They are essentially recommended settlements for collective bargaining agreements that have gone to impasse, and the recommendations are often used by the parties to reach agreement and avoid a strike. If the parties don’t reach agreement within 10 days, the reports become public.