Mr. Londa has extensive experience in all aspects of labor and employment law including collective bargaining (particularly on behalf of public transit authorities), complex employment litigation (including class and collective actions), and arbitration. Mr. Londa has served as chief negotiator representing clients in the negotiation of more than 30 labor agreements with unions. Mr. Londa negotiated the first merit based bonus pay in the transit industry and has represented clients in interest arbitrations following impasses in negotiation. Mr. Londa has extensive arbitration experience both as an advocate, representing clients in more than 200 labor and employment arbitrations, and as an arbitrator.Significant matters recently handled by Mr. Londa include the following:
- Mr. Londa currently serves as Chief Negotiator for the City of San Antonio in collective bargaining with its police and fire fighter unions.
- Mr. Londa has served as Chief Negotiator for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (Houston) in its negotiations with the Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, for more than 40 years
- NFIBV et al. v. Thomas Perez et al., Civil Action No. 5:16-cv-00066; United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock Division. On March 24, 2016, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) published a new rule restricting the Labor Management Relations Act’s advice exemption to persuader activity reporting requirements. Representing five trade associations, Mr. Londa filed this lawsuit on March 31, 2016, seeking to enjoin the new rule’s implementation because (1) DOL lacks statutory authority to implement the new rule; (2) DOL’s new rule illegally infringes on the practice of law; (3) DOL’s new rule violates the free speech and association rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; (4) DOL’s new rule violates the equal protection and due process rights guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution; and (5) DOL’s new rule violates the Regulatory Flexibility Act. This case is set for hearing on our request for a preliminary injunction (to be national in scope) on June 20, 2016. This case has generated substantial media attention and is of national significance. The State of Texas and 10 other states have interviewed in favor of our position in the lawsuit. Following an evidentiary hearing held on June 20, 2016, the Court granted our clients’ request for a preliminary injunction. In its 86 page order issued on June 27, 2016, the Court found DOL’s rule “defective to its core” and held that DOL is enjoined nationally from implementing and enforcing its new rule.This case is currently on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In naming Mr. Londa on Employment MVP for 2016 because of his handling of this case, Law 360 stated: “Many Attorneys handled a bigger caseload in 2016 than Ogletree’s Jeffery C. Londa, but few have had as great an impact.”
- Mr. Londa secured a no liability (grievance denied) arbitration award on June 4, 2014 for a client relating to the client’s implementing of a significant change in vacation policy following its acquisition of a chemical plant.
- Mr. Londa represented Continental Airlines, Inc. in Derek Carder, et al v. Continental Airlines, Inc., No. 10-20105. On behalf of Continental Airlines, Inc., Mr. Londa argued that, unlike Title VII, the Uniform Services Employment and Retirement Rights Act (“USERRA”) does not provide a cause of action for hostile environment harassment. This is a case of first impression in the circuit courts of appeals and on March 22, 2011, the 5th Circuit sustained Continental's position. On October 3, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court sustained Continental Airlines' position by denying Appellants' petition for a writ of certiorari and sending the case back to the District Court for further proceedings. The District Court subsequently dismissed the entire case, denying Plaintiffs any relief. The Plaintiffs appealed the dismissal, and on December 10, 2014, the 5th Circuit upheld the dismissal – a total victory for Continental Airlines.
- Following hearings held in April-June 2012, Mr. Londa secured a favorable interest arbitration decision on July 25, 2012, which allowed our client, a major public transit authority, to develop routes and deploy employees more efficiently with new job classifications and a new defined contribution pension plan.
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit v. Amalgamated Transit Union Local No. 1338, 273 S.W.3d 659 (Tex. 2008), cert denied, 129 S. Ct. 2767 (2009). Mr. Londa represented Dallas Area Rapid Transit (“DART”) in its appeal to the Texas Supreme Court of an adverse ruling by the Dallas Court of Appeals. The Texas Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals’ decision and dismissed ATU’s lawsuit against DART. The Texas Supreme Court’s opinion is a landmark decision with respect to governmental immunity and the relationship between Section 13(c) of the Federal Transit Act and the Texas Labor Code’s restrictions on public sector collective bargaining.