D. Shane Jones joins Susan Goldammer, MSBA Labor Director, for Collective Bargaining Presentation

Oct 24, 2009

Firm shareholder, D. Shane Jones joined with Susan Goldammer, the Senior Director of Employment and Labor Relations for the Missouri School Board Association (MSBA), in a presentation on Collective Bargaining at the 2009 MSBA Annual Conference. The conference held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri on October 22-25, 2009, attracted school administrators and public school officials from all over the state of Missouri.

Shane and Susan presented a session on Saturday, October 24, 2009 titled “Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations: New Law and Lessons Learned in 2008-09”. The session discussed new laws, cases, good strategies and teachable moments in collective bargaining in Missouri from the last year. It focused on helping administrators and board members to be prepared for challenges, avoid making the same mistakes that others have made, and enhance the likelihood of sucessful labor relations in their school district. Tueth Keeney attorneys are often approached to participate as speakers in seminars such as the 2009 MSBA Annual Conference because of their vast knowledge of school law, and practical experience in advising school districts.

D. Shane Jones practices in the areas of labor and employment law, education law, and litigation in both Missouri and Illinois. He routinely advises and represents employers in wage and hour matters, in the design and review of employee handbooks, and disciplining and terminating employees. Shane has also successfully defended employers against discrimination claims, First Amendment claims, Due Process claims, and other constitutional issues, in both state and federal courts.

Shane also practices in the area of collective bargaining and labor relations. He is experienced in crafting proposals and counter-proposals, and in effectively presenting the employer’s position at the collective bargaining table. He has directly negotiated, or participated significantly behind the scenes, in the negotiation of more than fifty collective bargaining agreements under the National Labor Relations Act, the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Act, and in the “meet and confer” process under the Missouri Public Sector Labor Law.

Shane is a Vice-Chair of the Missouri Bar Labor & Employment Law Committee, an author of the “Prevailing Wage” chapter in the most recent Missouri Employee-Employer Law Desk Book, and a co-author of the “Employment Law” chapter in the most recent Missouri Bar School Law Desk Book as well as its most recent supplement. Shane has been a Tueth Keeney shareholder since January, 2003.

Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt P.C. has one of the largest and most successful education law groups in the country. The Firm regularly serves the legal counsel needs of approximately 150 school districts throughout Missouri. The Firm also has one of the largest school law practices in Central and Southern Illinois.

Tueth Keeney attorneys have directly negotiated or participated extensively behind the scenes in the negotiation of more than 50 collective bargaining agreements for school districts and other employers. Our representation includes negotiating Agreements at the table directly with unions, as well as participating extensively behind the scenes to support school districts and other employers handling their own negotiations. Our willingness and ability to assist our clients as much, or as little, as they request is a hallmark of our growing practice in collective bargaining.