Courts have described that duty as the corollary to the
  fact that union members cede to their union the right to
  bargain with the employer.  Courts recognize the need of
  labor unions to have leeway in their operations, but hold
  unions to this minimum standard of good behavior.  A 
  union does not violate its duty of fair representation if it
  merely makes a bad decision or behaves negligently – it
  takes more than that to violate the duty.

  Perhaps the most important - or at least the most 
  immediate - thing a union member needs needs to know
  about the Duty of Fair Representation is that it has a 
  very short limitations period -- six months from when 
  the duty is breached or when a union member 
  reasonably would know of the breach.  It is thus crucial 
  to get prompt legal advice. 

I've prosecuted many lawsuits
in the area of federal labor 
law, especially in the aviation industry.  I've represented pilot groups at
many airlines and have handled class actions in this area of the law

   Did you know . . . 

     - That the duty of fair
        representation was created 
        by the United States Supreme
        Court?

     -  That federal labor law in the
         aviation industry is governed
         by the Railway Labor Act?

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         My office is conveniently located in lower Manhattan, about 30 minutes from  LaGuardia International Airport and Newark International Airport, a bit longer from JFK International Airport. 
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Tip:  Before hiring an attorney to handle a Duty of Fair Representation lawsuit against a labor union, make sure that the attorney is experienced in this area of the law.  Don't ask about his or her general litigation experience; ask about his or her DFR litigation experience.
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Click For Quick Legal Guides About The Duty of Fair Representation:
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     "When Does The Clock Start Running On A Labor Union's Duty To Fairly 
       Represent Its Members?" 
     "Preemption of State Law In Certain Suits Against Labor Unions"  

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                                                RIGHTS
 OF UNION
 MEMBERS 
​A labor union owes its members a duty, known as the Duty of Fair Representation.  

This duty requires that the union not engage in any conduct that is in 
bad faith, arbitrary, or discriminatory toward
its members.