Fred Barall, NFSA’s Senior Vice President of Industrial Relations and General Counsel, leads the Association’s Labor Relations and Legal functions.
Fred is assisted by Jim Lynch, Vice President of Industrial Relations and Corporation Counsel, and Carla Gunther, Labor Relations Manager and Associate Counsel.
NFSA has multi-employer collective bargaining relationships with 16 local unions across the country. The Labor Relations/Legal Staff serve as chief spokespeople for hundreds of fire protection employers nationwide, collaborating with various local and national committees to negotiate all of NFSA’s labor contracts.
The Labor Relations/Legal staff also supports member contractors on a wide variety of contract administration, grievance, arbitration and National Labor Relations Board issues. In addition, they serve as management trustees on various trust funds (Pension, Health and Welfare, Apprenticeship & Training, etc.) which provide benefits to thousands of the contractors’ unionized employees.
In total, NFSA’s collective bargaining agreements and employee benefits trust funds cover approximately 20,000 individuals.
Fred, Jim and Carla are all attorneys who are admitted to practice law in New York. Carla is also admitted to practice law in New Jersey. In addition to providing advice to member contractors on labor issues, they offer legal counsel to NFSA and its staff on a wide variety of general corporate business issues, including antitrust, employment, intellectual property, not-for-profit, and tax law. They also draft and review Association contracts and handbooks, and provide legislative interpretation and public comments in the lawmaking process.
Fred and Jim each have over thirty years of experience in both labor relations and legal matters.
In addition to his NFSA experience, Fred Barall previously represented employers at a variety of reputable companies such as General Electric Co., Lockheed Martin Corporation, PG&E National Energy Group, The Baltimore Sun and Armstrong World Industries.
For his part, Jim Lynch has a master’s degree in industrial relations and extensive experience as a local union vice president and member of the executive board of the Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO.
Prior to joining NFSA, Carla Gunther worked for a management-side labor and employment law firm, and at the Labor Bureau of the Nassau County Attorney’s Office.
Rounding out NFSA’s labor relations team is Sandra Danzi, who handles the administrative details. Sandy received her associate’s degree from Monroe College in the Bronx, NY. She was employed for many years by New York City’s teachers union.
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