Michael W. Jarvis is a Labor Relations Consultant in the Sacramento office of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore (LCW). Michael’s background includes working in management roles, and he has more than a decade of labor negotiation experience working with clients on mutually beneficial outcomes while building positive and productive relationships.
As an experienced negotiator, Michael has developed labor proposals on a wide variety of issues, evaluated classification and compensation data, prepared labor costing models, engaged in collaborative meet and confer sessions on discrete issues, and reached agreement on side letters and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU’s). Michael works with both parties to reach agreement during negotiations and when needed, has participated in dispute resolution processes including mediation, fact-finding, and interest arbitration. Michael’s breadth of knowledge of compensation practices, the FLSA, retirement and benefit programs, leaves of absence, and labor relations contract provisions serves to support engaged discussion and resolution to these key subjects in negotiations.
Before joining LCW, Michael represented general employee and safety employee labor associations across California and managed the Labor Relations department of his previous employer. He has negotiated labor agreements in cities, counties, special districts, state agencies, courts, community college districts, school districts, university systems, private colleges, and private employers under multiple state and national bargaining laws including the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA), Higher Education Employer-Employee Relations Act (HEERA), the Educational Employment Relations Act (EERA), the Dills Act (State Employer-Employee Relations Act), the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Act, and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
Michael brings his expansive experience and unique perspective to represent employers engaged in labor relations with their employee organizations. Michael understands labor’s mindset and can assist with communicating these unique challenges in a manner the employee organizations will understand. Additionally, Michael can aid employers by demystifying some of the union’s mindsets and positions.
As a complement to his labor relations experience, Michael has provided training in over 100 classes nationwide. He is a California Peace Officer Standards of Training (POST) certified instructor and shares his knowledge on labor relations matters including the collective bargaining process, contract costing, pension reform issues, and a variety of other topics tailored to develop labor relations knowledge and skills. Michael’s positive approach, relatable manner, and vast experience make him well suited to engage and resolve labor relations issues on behalf of employers.