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William S. Massey joined the firm in 2004. Mr. Massey has handled a broad range of cases involving union elections, organizing drives, and unfair labor/improper practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), and has obtained injunctive relief in federal court reinstating fired union activists during the pendency of an NLRB proceeding. Mr. Massey has also successfully defended unions in discrimination, duty of fair representation, and strike-related lawsuits in federal and state courts. Mr. Massey regularly negotiates election agreements, advises union officials on collective bargaining issues, and handles contract interpretation and disciplinary arbitrations on behalf of public and private sector unions.
In addition to his union work, Mr. Massey has litigated numerous wage and hour cases in federal court on behalf of low-wage workers, including groups of restaurant and delivery workers, food truck vendors, night club waitresses, and car wash workers. He also has represented rank-and-file members and union officers in union democracy cases, and drafted legislation. Mr. Massey has served as counsel to members of the Venceremos Brigade and has trained and coordinated international delegations of election observers at the Center for International Solidarity in El Salvador. Since August 2012, Mr. Massey has been a professor in CUNY Law School’s clinical program where he supervises students in the workers’ rights docket.
Mr. Massey received his J.D. from the CUNY School of Law in 2004. Prior to attending law school, he was a member, delegate, and organizer with 1199 SEIU United Health Care Workers East for five years. Mr. Massey received his undergraduate degree in U.S. Labor History and Latin American History from Columbia University in 1995. Mr. Massey is licensed to practice in both New York and New Jersey state and federal courts, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and D.C. Circuits. Mr. Massey is fluent in Spanish.