Joel Dillard & Associates

Representing Working People

Freedom and democracy.

Some people think freedom means that they get to tell you what to do, because they are the owners and you are not. Owners have thought that way for hundreds of years.

They are wrong. Freedom is for all. The owner may own something but it isn't 1860 anymore, and they do not own the workers. Workers are entitled to a voice at work, and have a right to democratically participate in the process of setting their own wages and working conditions. This right is guaranteed by Section 7 and Section 9 of the National Labor Relations Act.

But there is a process that must be followed. First, the employees form a democratic organization. Then they sign a petition or vote to prove that the majority of the workers want to have a democratic voice at work. Then they elect representatives.

You are the union.

Sometimes a group of employees want complete control of their own representation, without anyone from the outside involved. No problem. You can vote for a democracy at work - and still remain completely independent - by forming your own organization just for you and your coworkers. You get to choose whoever you like as your representative.

However, there are also many local, national and international labor unions which have a lot of useful experience, and they can be excellent representatives. If you vote for a union, you as employees and members still get to choose your local president, bargaining team, and other representatives, and you even get to vote for the international leadership of the union itself.


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To get legal advice about an employment law, labor law, federal employee law, whistleblower protection, labor unions, worker cooperatives, immigration, discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, severance, or any related question, you must first have a conflicts check by the firm. We represent exclusively workers, worker cooperatives and unions, but we still must check for potential conflicts of interest, for example, between a supervisor and employee.

First provide the firm with your name, and the name of the person you are making claims against - and no other information. This allows the firm to check for such conflicts of interest. Until you receive confirmation from an attorney that there is NO CONFLICT, none of the information you provide will be considered confidential. Do NOT provide any confidential information before we have asked you to do so.

Once we have confirmed there is no conflict, you may discuss your matter with the attorney in a little more detail, and, if requested, make an appointment. If at your appointment the firm accepts you as a client in writing, then the attorney will be able to provide you with employment law advice.