Ronald L. Tobia

Ron Tobia began his career in labor law as Special Assistant to the National Labor Relations Board, Region 22. Following a 1969 clerkship with The Honorable Charles S. Joelson of the Superior Court of New Jersey, he served as attorney and mediator for the New Jersey Public Employment Relations Commission. He was a Labor Law Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University and Upsala College, and a lecturer in Labor Law for the Institute for Continuing Education. In 1971, Mr. Tobia became a Senior Partner with the law firm of Schwartz, Tobia & Stanziale where he chaired the firm's Management Labor and Employment Law Department.

In addition to representing individual Employers of varying sizes, Mr. Tobia has extensive experience in representing State Authorities and Commissions as well as large contractor and community associations. Mr. Tobia served for fifteen (15) years as Special Labor Counsel and Special Litigation Counsel to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority (from 1991 to 2006), for five (5) years to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (from 1999 to 2004), and for ten (10) years to Fisher Island Florida Community Association (from 1999 to 2009). Mr. Tobia also served as Special Labor Counsel to the Associated General Contractors of New Jersey (from 2000 to 2003) and currently serves as Special Labor Counsel to the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey (since 1978), a position he has held for over thirty (30) years). In addition, Mr. Tobia has extensive expierince in the representation of Taft/Hartley Funds. He has served as management trustee counsel to the Multiskilled Funds since 1972, and currently represents the Multiskilled Funds in addition to the IBEW Local 164 Funds.

In representing his clients, Mr. Tobia has successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with almost every major trade union in the State of New Jersey. Mr. Tobia brings to the bargaining table extensive experience in management labor relations in both the public and private sectors. Mr. Tobia handles all types of litigation, including NLRB and PERC proceedings, strikes and picketing, federal and state labor, discrimination and harassment litigation, contract negotiations, administration and arbitrations. He also has considerable expertise in the construction industry. Because of his broad experience in the management-labor relations area, Mr. Tobia is frequently called upon by trade organizations to conduct seminars on labor relations issues.

BAR ADMISSIONS:
State of New Jersey, 1970
State of Florida, 1969
United States District Courts:
District of New Jersey
Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Southern District of Florida

EDUCATION:
University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1969
Lafayette College, B.A., 1966

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:
American Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Essex County Bar Association
Florida Bar Association
American Arbitration Association
Industrial Relations Research Association
Labor Law Society, University of Miami School of Law
President, 1969 and Charter Member, 1968

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS:
"Man of the Year" Award, 1990, by Associated Builders & Contractors of Northern NJ
"Best Lawyers in America," 1987 - present
"Who's Who in American Law," 1990 - present
Dean's List: University of Miami School of Law
Dean's List: Lafayette College
History Honors: Lafayette College
Law Course Distinctions: Labor Law (1st); Trusts & Wills (2nd)

PUBLIC AUTHORITIES REPRESENTED
New Jersey Turnpike Authority (from 1991 to 2006)
Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (from 1999 to 2004)

TAFT-HARTLEY FUNDS EXPERIENCE:
Multi-Skilled Employees and Employers Welfare Fund Counsel to Management Trustees since 1972
Multi-Skilled Employees and Employers Apprenticeship & Training Fund Counsel to Management Trustees since 1990
International Association of Long Shoreman’s Funds Special Counsel since 2004
Local 269, I.B.E.W. Welfare, Pension & Annuity Fund since 2008

PUBLICATIONS, RESEARCH AND PRESENTATIONS:
"Labor Relations Corner" contributor for Utility and Transportation Contractor bimonthly publication.
"Employer/Employee Rights," Utility and Transportation Contractors Association Executive Seminar Leader, 1991.
"The Construction User Information Guide on Labor Law," Associated Builders & Contractors Association of Northern New Jersey, Construction Users Conference Booklet, 1988.
"New Developments in the Law on Double Breasting, Pre-Hire Agreements, and Handbilling in the Construction Industry," Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern New Jersey and the Associated Builders and Contractors of New Jersey, State Convention Leader, 1988.
"So You Think You're A Good Boss," Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern New Jersey Seminar Leader, 1988.
"Owner-Operators and the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act," Utility and Transportation Contractors Association Board of Directors Meeting Presentation Leader, 1989.
"Preparing for Bargaining", New Jersey School Board Association - Negotiating News, November 1972.
"Equal Pay for Professional School Personnel," New Jersey School Board Association - Negotiating News, June 1973.
"Labor and Legal Process," University of Miami Law Review, Summer, 1969.
Thesis: "George W. Norris and Norris-LaGuardia Act, 1969.
"So You Think You're A Good Boss," Fisher Island Holdings Supervisor-Employee Labor Relations Seminar Leader, June 2005.
New Jersey Bar Association CLE Construction Labor Relations Seminar, June 2008

ORGANIZATIONS
New Jersey Republican State Committee - Finance Co-chairman, (1993)
Montclair Kimberley Academy - Board of Trustees, 1985 to 1996
Whole Theatre of Montclair - Board of Trustees, 1987 to 1990
Our Lady of the Lake Church
New Jersey Bar Association - Labor Law Section
American Bar Association - Labor Law Section
Essex County Bar Association
Florida Bar Association - Labor Law Committee
American Arbitration Association
Industrial Relations Research Association
Labor Law Society of University of Miami School of Law - President, 1969 and Charter Member, 1968

PUBLIC POSITIONS
State of New Jersey, Public Employment Relations Commission: Hearing Officer and Mediator (June 1970 - September 1971)
National Labor Relations Board, Region 22, Newark, New Jersey: Legal Assistant (June - September in 1967 and 1968)

OTHER LEGAL EXPERIENCE
U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General Corps' Staff Legal Services Counselor, Ft. Jackson, South Carolina

JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP
Honorable Charles S. Joelson, New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Passaic County (September 1969 - June 1970)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Labor Law Society, University of Miami School of Law, Labor Management Relations
U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General Corps' Staff - Military and Civil Law
Rutgers University - Adjunct Professor - Public Sector Collective Bargaining
Upsala College - Adjunct Professor
New Jersey State Bar Association 1974 PERC Amendments Workshop
New Jersey School Board Association - School Board Negotiations, Mediation and Fact Finding

ASSOCIATIONS REPRESENTED
Affiliated Heavy Construction Contractors, Inc.
Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern New Jersey, Inc. (1973 to 2002)
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (National Association) (1973 to 2002)
Associated Contractors of Essex County, Inc. a/w Building Contractors Association of New Jersey, A.G.C.
Associated Contractors of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Inc. a/w Building Contractors Association of New Jersey, A.G.C.
Associated Independent Contractors, Inc.
Building Contractors Association of New Jersey, a/w Associated General Contractors of America
Multi-Skilled Contractors Association, Inc.
National Home Builders Association, Inc. (National Association)
New Jersey Business Industry Association
Sheetmetal Contractors Association of Union, Morris, Somerset and Sussex Counties
Utility & Transportation Contractors Association of New Jersey