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Howard M. Bloom

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
BloomH@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues. He trains and advises executives, managers and supervisors on union awareness and positive employee relations, and assists employers in connection with union card-signing efforts, traditional union representation and corporate campaigns, and union decertification campaigns. He also represents clients at the National Labor Relations Board in connection with bargaining unit issues, objections and challenges, as well as unfair labor practice investigations and trials. Mr. Bloom also has been the spokesperson at countless first and successor contract collective bargaining negotiations, and regularly advises on collective bargaining agreement administration issues, including grievance/arbitration issues.

Mr. Bloom has appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, several U.S. District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Mr. Bloom speaks frequently to employer groups on a wide range of labor and employment law topics. He also has written extensively on labor and employment law for a variety of publications, including New England Business magazine, The Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal. He also is editor of and a frequent contributor to the Jackson Lewis Labor & Collective Bargaining Blog.

While attending law school, he was the Executive Editor of The Advocate: the Suffolk University Law School Journal and President of the Student Bar Association.

Mr. Bloom is a diehard baseball fan. His first book, The Baseball Uncyclopedia: A Highly Opinionated Myth-Busting Guide to the Great American Game, was published in February 2006.

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Massachusetts State Bar Association

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Amherst, Massachusetts, town meeting member
  • Charles River School in Dover, Massachusetts, Board of Trustees

Published Works

  • "Employee Rights: The Latest in Corporate Grievance Procedures," Boston Business Journal (August 25-31, 1995) [Author]
  • "Resolving Workplace Issues," The Boston Globe (January 7, 1992) [Author]
  • "Supervisor/Bargaining Unit Member Participation in Union Removal Efforts: Is the Company Responsible?" Labor Law Journal (April 1984) [Author]
  • Employer's Guide to Employment Law. MA: Town Crier Press, 1984. [Co-Author]
  • Winning NLRB Elections: Management Strategy and Preventive Programs [Contributing Author]

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November 8, 2017
Law 360

Howard Bloom Comments on Peter Robb's Confirmation to the NLRB

November 8, 2017

Howard Bloom comments on the U.S. Senate confirming management-side labor lawyer Peter Robb as general counsel of the NLRB in "Trump's NLRB General Counsel Pick Gets Senate Approval," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

October 2, 2017
SHRM

Howard Bloom Comments on Supreme Court To Revisit Public Sector Union Fees

October 2, 2017

 Howard Bloom comments on the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether public-sector employees can be forced to pay union fees that cover collective bargaining and related union activities in "Supreme Court Revisits Mandatory Public Union Fees," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

September 28, 2017
Law 360

Howard Bloom Comments on Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge to Public Union Fees

September 28, 2017

Howard Bloom comments on the Supreme Court to hear new challenge whether public-sector workers who are not union members can be forced to pay union fees in "High Court's 2nd Look May Doom Public Sector Union Fees," published by Law360. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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November 15, 2017

Top Five Labor Law Developments for October 2017

November 15, 2017

Home health aides who successfully objected to the collection of “fair share” fees without their consent may not proceed as a class, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, has ruled, affirming a lower court’s determination. Riffey v. Rauner, No. 16-3487 (7th Cir. Oct. 11, 2017). The home health aides... Read More

November 3, 2017

What Did National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard Griffin’s Term Mean for Employers?

November 3, 2017

Richard F. Griffin, Jr.’s term as National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel (GC) was marked by a dogged defense and pursuit of bolstering the rights of unions and employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Griffin, a former general counsel for the International Union of Operating Engineers, was the NLRB GC... Read More

October 19, 2017

Top Five Labor Law Developments for September 2017

October 19, 2017

An employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee who protested an unlawful confidentiality policy, even though the employee protested without the involvement of any coworkers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has held. NLRB v. Long Island Ass’n for AIDS Care, Inc., No. 16-2325 (2d... Read More

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Robb’s Nomination as NLRB GC Approved by Senate
November 10, 2017

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Republican Peter Robb to replace Democrat Richard Griffin as National Labor Relations Board General Counsel. Griffin’s term expired on October 31, and Jennifer Abruzzo, who has served as Deputy GC since November 4, 2013, has been serving as Acting GC since. Read More

Quickie Election Rules, Thumbs Up Or Down?: Board Member Kaplan Again Says No Comment
October 3, 2017

In what appears to be the second unpublished decision in which he has participated since becoming a Board Member, Member Marvin E. Read More

Can NFL Players be Fired, Disciplined for Protesting During National Anthem?
September 25, 2017

President Donald Trump has suggested that the National Football League’s television ratings decline was caused by “fans seeing those people (players) taking the knee when they’re playing our great national anthem.” Trump has urged fans to “leave the stadium” when players kneel during the national anthem and suggested that NFL team owne Read More