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With some 25 years of experience, Ken Wagner is widely recognized by union leaders and individual employee executives as a highly capable attorney for labor and employment work before federal and state courts, administrative agencies and arbitration tribunals.


Ken regularly provides advice to union leaders in a wide variety of private and public sector industries; much of his work on behalf of unions has focused on a variety of traditional labor law matters — arbitration, cases before the NLRB and PERB, section 301 and duty of fair representation litigation, and collective bargaining.


Ken also has a successful practice counseling and representing individual employees and senior executives in employment and severance agreement negotiations, employment law matters and disputes over compensation and termination issues.

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Blitman & King LLP

443 North Franklin Street
Suite 300
Syracuse, NY, 13204-5426

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 199103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
NY Super Lawyers-- Upstate EditionSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
NY Super Lawyers-- Upstate EditionSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
NY Super Lawyers-- Upstate EditionSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
NY Super Lawyers-- Upstate EditionSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBlitnan & King LLP1990 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Onondaga County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
ABA Developing Labor Law CommitteeCo-chair2003 - 2006
ABA Developing Labor Law CommitteeProgram Co-chair2000 - 2003
Legal Services of Central New York, Inc.Member/President, Board of Directors1997 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Gallagher v. IBEW Local Union No. 43, 2008 U.S. Dist. Lexis 81615 (N.D.N.Y. 2008)All claims were dismissed following a three-day trial.
Smith v. New Venture Gear, Inc., 320 Fed. Appx. 33 (2d Cir. 2009)Summary judgment granted by district court and affirmed by circuit court of appeals
Ferguson v. New Venture Gear, Inc. 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78111 (N.D.N.Y. 2009)Summary judgment granted by district court.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Journal of Labor & Employment LawOur Deal Trumps My Bargaining Rights Only if I Said So: The Board’s Reaffirmation of Its Waiver Doctrine in Unilateral Change Cases2009
The Developing Labor Law: The Board, the Courts, and the National Labor Relations Act (5th Ed.)Editor2006
The Labor Lawyer (ABA)The NLRB's Continued Adherence to the Waiver Doctrine in Unilateral Change Cases1997
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of California - Los AngelesPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts (with departmental honors)1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYSBA CLE Conference on Social Media in Labor and Employment LawNLRA Limitations on the Scope of Workplace Policies2014
NLRB-ILR Conference (DePew, NY)“Recent Developments on Critical Labor Relations Issues Before the NLRB — Unilateral Changes: Clear and Unmistakable Waiver or Contract Coverage?”2010
ABA Developing Labor Law Committee Midwinter Meeting (San Diego, CA)“Our Deal Trumps My Bargaining Rights Only if I Said So: The Board’s Reaffirmation of Its Waiver Doctrine in Unilateral Change Cases”2009
PERB/Cornell University-ILR Interest Arbitration Conference (Tarrytown, NY)“Reaching a Settlement Without Interest Arbitration — A Perspective from the Union Side”2005
NLRB-ILR Conference (DePew, NY)“The NLRB and the National Labor Relations Act: Recent Developments in the Law”2003
ABA Developing Labor Law Committee Midwinter Meeting (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)“What Should the Bargaining Rights of a Discriminatory Successor Employer Be?”2003