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PLEASE NOTEThe snowstorm of March 14, 2017, was not a Common Disaster Day

We have received a number of inquiries asking whether the common disaster provisions of our collective bargaining agreements were applicable to employee absences occasioned by the snowstorm on March 14, 2017.  Since the events of March 14, 2017, do not fit the precise contractual definition of a common disaster, the provisions are inapplicable.  The RAB is recommending that each employee’s absence be treated appropriately on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact the RAB if you have any questions about common disaster provisions under our contracts.  

Please note the RAB office will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2017 in observance of Columbus Day.  The office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.
RAB members if you have any questions or issues regarding labor relations, please feel free to contact the RAB office at 212-889-4100 for assistance.


Howard Rothschild

Howard Rothschild is the President of the Realty Advisory Board on Labor Relations, Inc. ("RAB").  During the course of over thirty years with the RAB, Howard has represented the real estate industry in labor negotiations and has participated in thousands of arbitrations in addition to representing employers in matters before the State and Federal Courts.  Howard has also represented employers before numerous federal, state, and local administrative agencies regarding a variety of employment and labor issues, including unfair labor practice cases and discrimination claims.  Notably, he also was counsel of record for one of the employers in Pyett v. 14 Penn Plaza before the Supreme Court of the United States, a seminal labor case that cemented arbitration's place as a foundation of organized labor relations.  Howard also regularly speaks to industry and legal professional groups.
Howard also serves as an officer and/or trustee on the SEIU Local 32BJ Funds and Local 94, IUOE Funds and Committees and is active in the funds' governance.  In 2010, the International Foundation awarded Howard the designation of Master Trustee.
Howard devotes a substantial amount of his free tme in furthering the interests of the community with volunteer work.  He was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Outreach Project in 2013, which provides treatment for adolescents struggling with alcohol and drug abuse; The Bridge in 2012 and its Executive Committee in 2017, which provides services for adults with mental illness; Children-At-Play in 2010, a pre-school program for children with disabilities.  In addition, Howard previously served on the Board ofTrustees of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Raritan Valley (SSDSRV) for 10 years and its Executive Committee for 5 years.  Howard has been honored by Project Outreach, The Bridge, and SSDSRV for his commitment and devotion to these organizations.
Howard is a graduate of Hofstra Law School, and he is admitted to practice law in New York State, as well as the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Howard is also member of the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Real Estate Board of New York.

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