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So You Want to Unionize?

  • Thursday, April 29, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • Cover the cost of another registrant with this registration type.
  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.

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Do you think your place of employment would benefit from a union, but you're not sure where to start? Afraid that unionizing could jeopardize your jobs? In the past year, arts organizations, newsrooms, nonprofits, and gig workers have battled to unionize, but recent success stories from the publication Ars Technica, animation studio Floyd County Productions, and academic researchers at the University of California show that unionization is possible.

Labor attorneys Julie Gutman Dickinson and Peter Dickinson will help you learn all you need to know about unionizing, intimidation tactics, and building support among your workers.

About Online Workshops:

Registrants will be emailed a link to register for the Zoom seminar online after booking through the CLA website. Please make sure to register both via this page and on the Zoom registration page.

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About the Speakers:

Julie Gutman Dickinson, Managing Partner, Bush Gottlieb

Julie Gutman Dickinson is a tenacious advocate for justice with over 20 years of labor law experience, including representing international and local unions in collective-bargaining negotiations, political and legislative advocacy, arbitrations, and administrative, state, and federal court litigation. She is a nationally renowned expert in NLRB proceedings, wage theft and misclassification litigation, and strategic organizing campaigns.  Julie has won multi-million-dollar recovery for workers, their unions,  and their families. During more than a decade as a trial attorney at the National Labor Relations Board, she earned the distinction of being the only attorney to achieve a 100 percent win record in voluminous unfair labor practice trials and federal district court injunction litigation. Julie is a graduate of Brown University and Stanford Law school, and has also served as an adjunct professor at Stanford Law School  and as a senior advisor to elected officials on labor issues.  She has published a wide range of articles on labor issues, served as a chapter editor for the American Bar Association’s treatise, The Developing Labor Law, and currently serves as the Union-Side-Editor in Chief of the ABA treatise, “How To Take a Case Before the NLRB.” Julie has also been selected as a California “Super Lawyer.”

Peter S. Dicksinson, Partner, Bush Gottlieb

Pete S. Dickinson has been representing Pension and Health Trust Funds and Labor Unions for over 25 years.  He is counsel to  many multi- and single-employer pension, health and welfare plans concerning fiduciary duties, compliance, administration, and more. In representing these clients, Pete has appeared before various courts and regulatory agencies.

Pete is active in labor and employee benefit communities, and also regularly speaks and writes regarding employee benefit trust funds and is a Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel. 

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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