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Howard M. Bloom

Principal
Boston

P 617-367-0025
F 617-367-2155
Howard.Bloom@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 39 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.

Honors and Recognitions

JD Supra Readers Choice Top Author 2019
The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

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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May 30, 2019
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Jackson Lewis Recommended in The Legal 500 2019

May 30, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 30, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and its attorneys have been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 in the following practice areas falling under the Labor and Employment designation: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation... Read More

February 6, 2019
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Howard Bloom, Philip Rosen and Jonathan Spitz Comment on Union Membership Trends in 2018

February 6, 2019

Howard Bloom, Philip Rosen and Jonathan Spitz comment on implications of the decline in union memberships in "Union Membership Stagnant in 2018," published by Material Handling and Logistics News. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

January 17, 2018
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Howard Bloom Comments on Implications of the Recent NLRB Rulings

January 17, 2018

Howard Bloom comments on implications of the recent NLRB rulings and what this means for HR in "The NLRB Goes Back to the Future," published by Xpert HR USA. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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October 4, 2019

Top Five Labor Law Developments for September 2019

October 4, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a new standard for determining whether contractual language acts as a waiver of a union’s right to bargain over a specific issue. MV Transportation, Inc., 368 NLRB No. 66 (Sept. 10, 2019). The employer notified the union that it planned to revise certain policies and work rules.... Read More

September 20, 2019

NLRB Proposes Rule to Exclude Student Workers at Private Colleges, Universities from NLRA Coverage

September 20, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to establish that “students who perform any services for compensation, including, but not limited to, teaching or research, at a private college or university in connection with their studies are not ‘employees’ within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the... Read More

September 17, 2019

Access to Private Property: Labor Board Rules Girl Scout Cookies and Union Protesters are Different

September 17, 2019

A nonemployee’s solicitation for charitable or civic causes on an employer’s property is not the equivalent of a nonemployee union representative’s engaging in a protest soliciting customers to boycott an employer or in union organizing on the property, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held. Kroger Limited Partnership, 368... Read More

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Labor Board: Unions Waived Right to Bargain Over Changes to Retiree Medical Benefits
October 15, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held that an employer did not violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) when it unilaterally changed retirees’ medical benefits without first negotiating with the unions that represented its employees. E.I. Du Pont De Nemours and Co., 368 NLRB No. 48 (Sept. 4, 2019). Read More

NLRB: Wildcat Strike Loses NLRA Protection Following Employee Knowledge of Union Disavowal, Disapproval
October 15, 2019

A wildcat strike was not protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) once the striking employees became aware that their union disapproved of and disavowed the strike, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled. CC1 Limited Partnership d/b/a Coca Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers, 368 NLRB No. 84 (Sept. 30, 2019). Read More

Running Backs NLRB Petition Seeks To “Stiff Arm” NFL Players Association With New Bargaining Unit
August 28, 2019

An upstart labor organization, the International Brotherhood of Professional Running Backs (IBPRB), has filed a petition with Region 13, the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), seeking to form a separate union for the National Football League’s running backs. The unit clarification petition, NLRB Case No. Read More