Written by Michael Levine
In my decades of practice, I’ve worked on countless cases involving union members and their families. Whether it’s construction, ironwork, rail work, or any number of other types of infrastructure work, they all share the commonality of having some element of danger to them. The people doing the work put themselves at risk for the sake of doing important jobs that the average person simply isn’t equipped to do.
In these situations the worker has to put their trust in many things outside their control, whether it’s the people organizing and overseeing the job site, the tools they’re using, or the safety equipment that keeps them out of harm’s way. Under the right circumstances, all of these things come together for a job well done. Under the wrong circumstances, accidents happen, and suddenly the worker in question, or their family, is forced to find a way to deal with that accident.
In my line of work, we’re in the business of helping these people find their way back to a better place. That’s the goal. At the end of the day, all the legal jargon and proceedings, expert witnesses, trial work, and assorted other “lawyer stuff” is just what we have to do to achieve this. It’s our job to take this complicated system and use every last ounce of our familiarity with it to get the job done, and get it done as quickly and effectively as possible. When you think about it, that’s not too different from the workers that we represent, and so we find it important to be on the same page as unions and their workers whenever we can, and be involved in their world.
Asking someone to put their trust in you, and put their future life-security in your hands, is not only a very serious thing to do, but a serious burden to take on as well. It means a lot to me, personally, and that’s never going to change.