People: Ronald J. Kramer, Partner

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Ronald J. Kramer

Partner

Chicago
Direct: (312) 460-5560
Fax: (312) 460-7560
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Mr. Kramer is a partner representing management in labor and employment law matters. He has been responsible for advising and representing private and public sector employers in a wide range of labor and employment issues, including but not limited to employment discrimination charges, investigations, settlements and lawsuits; employee benefits (ERISA) litigation matters including benefit claims and multiemployer withdrawal liability assessments; and traditional labor matters such as union organizing drives, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, strikes, interest arbitration, grievance and arbitration matters.

Mr. Kramer has served as chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations for numerous clients in their negotiations with unions such as the Laborers, IUOE, IBEW, UNITE HERE, Painters, IAM, Teamsters, UFCW, IAFF, AFSCME, FOP, and MAP.

Mr. Kramer is a member of the firm's Health Care Reform Team. This cross-departmental team of lawyers was formed to focus on how health care reform will affect our clients. Mr. Kramer advises clients on the employment law and traditional labor impacts of healthcare reform.

Mr. Kramer is a partner representing management in labor and employment law matters. He has been responsible for advising and representing private and public sector employers in a wide range of labor and employment issues, including but not limited to employment discrimination charges, investigations, settlements and lawsuits; employee benefits (ERISA) litigation matters including benefit claims and multiemployer withdrawal liability assessments; and traditional labor matters such as union organizing drives, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, strikes, interest arbitration, grievance and arbitration matters.

Mr. Kramer has served as chief negotiator in collective bargaining negotiations for numerous clients in their negotiations with unions such as the Laborers, IUOE, IBEW, UNITE HERE, Painters, IAM, Teamsters, UFCW, IAFF, AFSCME, FOP, and MAP.

Mr. Kramer is a member of the firm's Health Care Reform Team. This cross-departmental team of lawyers was formed to focus on how health care reform will affect our clients. Mr. Kramer advises clients on the employment law and traditional labor impacts of healthcare reform.

Education

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology (1992)
    with high honors
  • B.A., Michigan State University (1988)
    magna cum laude

Admissions

  • Illinois

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth, Seventh and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law
  • American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law (former member of Council, and current Chair of the Government Operations Committee)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Representative Engagements

Selected ERISA Cases

  • George v. Kraft Foods Global, Inc., 684 F. Supp. 2d 992 (N.D. Ill. January 27, 2010) (summary judgment for defendants in ERISA excessive fee case), appeal pending
  • Berkowitz v. United Airlines Employee Welfare Benefit Plan, Case No. 08 C 4940 (N.D. Ill. November 10, 2009) (summary judgment in claim for medical benefits)
  • Thompson v. Cont'l Cas. Co., 602 F. Supp. 2d 943 (N.D. Ill. March 16, 2009) (motion to dismiss granted in case alleging failure to notify plaintiff of her continuing coverage rights, failure to provide requested plan information, and for breach of fiduciary duty.)
  • Pronti v. CNA Financial Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 87930 (N.D.N.Y. Nov. 28, 2007) (summary judgment dismissing remaining benefits denial and misrepresentation counts of pension benefits complaint)
  • Stonich v. Cont'l Cas. Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11830 (N.D. Ill. March 20, 2006) (dismissal of claim for benefits)
  • Pronti v. CNA Financial Corp., 34 EBC 1691 (N.D. NY 2005) (dismissing fiduciary duty and contract counts of complaint)
  • Vallone v. CNA Financial, 375 F.3d 623 (7th Cir. 2004) (affirming dismissal of ERISA complaint alleging wrongful elimination of retire health insurance benefits)
  • Samman v. The Continental Insurance Company, Case No. CIV-2001-1058A (W.D. OK 2002) (dismissal of claim by disabled employee for health insurance benefits)
  • Parrott v. GE, 99 C 8429 (N.D. IL 2000) (upholding denial of disability benefits)
  • CTDU Pension Fund and CenTra, (2000, Jaffe, Arb.) (withdrawal liability arbitration)

Selected Labor Cases

  • Village of Wilmette, 20 PERI 131 (ILRB ALJ 2004) (dismissal of alleged unilateral change to health insurance)
  • Village of Bensenville, S-CA-00-197 (ILRB 2003) (dismissal of alleged discriminatory discharge of eight officers)
  • Tootsie Roll Indus., 13 UC 361 (NLRB H.O. 2001) (supervisor excluded from unit)
  • City of Streator, 18 PERI 2005 (ILRB ALJ 2001) (exclusion of confidential employees in representation petition)
  • Village of Lombard, 15 PERI 2007 (ILRB Ex. Dir. 1999) (declaratory ruling regarding whether overtime and paramedic decertification were mandatory)
  • Howmet Corp. and I.A.M.A.W., Dist. 15, 22-RC-11371 (NLRB ALJ 1997) (representation hearing regarding unit appropriateness and team leader status)
  • Village of Schiller Park, 13 PERI 2047 (ISLRB 1997) (dismissal of discriminatory reduction in force allegation)
  • Walker Manufacturing v. UAW, Case No. C2 93 0394 (S.D. Ohio 1993) (LMRA Section 301 suit successfully overturning an arbitration award).

Selected Arbitration Cases

  • University of Illinois Chicago and FOP Labor Council (2010 Perkovich, Arb.) (denying grievance over the scheduling of officers)
  • City of Evanston and Teamsters Local 700 (2010, McAlpin, Arb.) (denying grievance over denial of compensatory time)
  • City of Evanston and Teamsters Local 714 (2010, Meyers, Arb.) (upholding discharge of police officer for misconduct).
  • W Hotel and UNITE HERE Local 1 (2005, Nathan, Arb.) (upholding discharge of employee for removal of food)
  • Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. (Freeport) and USWA Local 745, (2006, Symonette, Arb.) (denying seniority calculation grievance)
  • Village of Channahon and MAP, (2005, Goldstein, Arb.) (denying travel time pay grievance)
  • City of Evanston and AFSCME, (2005, Krinsky, Arb.) (denying holiday standby pay grievance)
  • Goodyear and Local No. 7, Nat’l Conf. Firemen And Oilers, (2002, Wolff, Arb.) (wage reopener interest arbitration)
  • Addison and Metropolitan Alliance of Police (2004, Cox, Arb.) (sustaining denial of pay increase of unsatisfactory police officer)
  • Comcast and IBEW, (2004, Heinsz, Arb) (sustaining discharge of employees for time card falsification)
  • Comcast and IBEW, (2003, Anderson, Arb.) (sustaining discharge for falsification)
  • City of Elmhurst and AFSCME, (2002, Berman, Arb.) (denying shift starting times grievance)
  • City of Elmhurst and AFSCME, (2002, Benn, Arb.) (denying vacation pay grievance)
  • Tootsie Roll Indus. and BCTGM, (2001, Symonette) (denying overtime grievance)
  • Morton Int’l and OCAW, (1998, Carey, Arb.) (sustaining suspension)

Selected Other Cases

  • Carter v. Meridian Automotive Systems, Inc., Case No. 03-2208 (D. Kan. 2004) (summary judgment in racial harassment, ADEA and FMLA case)
  • Navarro v. United States, Case No. 01C3249 (N.D. Ill. 2003) (federal tort claim verdict of $350,000 in favor of client)
  • Carl v. Parmely & City of Metropolis, Case No. 99-4162 (S.D. Ill. 2001) (summary judgment in sexual harassment case)
  • Hutchinson v. AAR, 2000 U.S. App. Lexis 27164 (6th Cir. 2000) (summary judgment and successful on appeal in multi-plaintiff age and sex discrimination case under Michigan civil rights law)
  • Kusak v. Ameritech, 80 F.3d 199 (7th Cir. 1996) (reversal of jury verdict in age discrimination case).

Presentations

  • Speaker, "Public Sector and the FLSA: New Compensation Regulations and Implications," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (September 28, 2016)
  • Speaker, "Withdrawal Liability Update And Discussion of New PBGC Rulemaking," Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 20, 2016)
  • Speaker, Health Care Reform: How It Will Impact the Hospitality Industry, American Hotel and Lodging Association Webinar (2010)
  • Speaker, Health Care Reform: What it Means for Public Sector Collective Bargaining, Illinois Public Labor Relations Association Annual Conference (2010)
  • Speaker, High "C’s" Ahead: Public Employer Collective Bargaining, Contractual and Constitutional Hurdles in Concessionary Bargaining, American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law Spring Conference, Hot Topics (2010)
  • Speaker, New and Pending Labor and Employment Legislation Affecting State and Local Governmental Employers, American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law Webinar (2009)
  • Speaker, Confronting New Union Organizing Tactics, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2008)
  • Speaker, Tomorrow’s Challenge is Here Today: The Employee Free Choice Act, Addison, IL Chamber of Commerce (2008)
  • Speaker, Retirement Benefits and the PPA, Illinois Chamber of Commerce (2007)
  • Trainer, Interviewing and Hiring, Keeping Your Recruitment Strategies Legal, North East Multi-Regional Training (October 2004)
  • Speaker, Wright and Grievance Procedures from an Employer’s Perspective, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service 12th National Labor-Management Conference (2004)
  • Trainer, Conducting Employment Disciplinary Investigations, Illinois Institute for Continuing Education (2003 and 2004)
  • Trainer, Nice Guys Finish Last, IPELRA 2002 Summer Training.
  • Trainer, Evaluation And Investigation Of Employment Termination And Related Cases, Illinois Institute for Continuing Education (1996)
  • Speaker at numerous conferences regarding labor issues, including the Illinois City Managers Association Annual Conference, the Illinois and Nevada Public Employer Labor Relations Association Annual Conferences, the Illinois Association of Fire Chiefs Annual Conference, the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Annual Symposium, and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference.

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