At Pond Lehocky Giordano, organized labor runs through our veins.
Founding partner Sam Pond’s father was a union machinist.
Founding partner Jerry Lehocky’s father was a union plumber whose union membership literally saved his life by providing insurance for a life-saving medical treatment.
Founding partner Tom Giordano’s father was a Millwright who started his local Millwrights union.
And, dozens of our other attorneys and staff have union blood flowing through them thanks to their own union membership or their family members’ union memberships.
That’s why we take seriously the privilege, honor, and responsibility we have when representing union members in their workers’ compensation, disability, and other legal matters.
The attorneys and staff of Pond Lehocky Giordano have the pleasure of working with union members across the country, including those who are members of the following unions:
- American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
- American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
- American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
- American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
- American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
- American Maritime Officers (AMO)
- American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
- Asbestos, Lead & Hazardous Waste Laborers
- Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM)
- Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division-International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- Carpenters Regional Council
- Cement Masons & Plasterers Union
- Communications Workers of America (CWA)
- Gas Workers Union
- Heavy Construction Laborers
- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE)
- International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union (Ironworkers)
- International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
- International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers
- International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
- International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers
- International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
- International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
- International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA)
- International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers ( BAC)
- International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC)
- International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
- International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
- International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)
- IUE-CWA (Communications Workers of America)
- National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)
- National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
- National Postal Mail Handlers Union
- The NewsGuild-CWA
- Operative Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ International Association
- Painters & Allied Trades
- Pavers & Road Builders
- Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP)
- Philadelphia Building & Construction Trades Council
- Philadelphia Joint Board, Workers United
- Public Safety Employees Association (PSEA)
- Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
- Scranton Federation of Teachers
- Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
- Service Employee International Union (SEIU)
- Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association
- Sprinkler Fitters
- Tile, Marble & Terrazzo
- Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)
- United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)
- UA – Pipefitters
- UA – Plumbers
- UA – Steamfitters
- United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC)
- United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
- United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers
- United Steelworkers (USW)
Unfortunately, union workers today are the last bastion of the middle class. They are living the American Dream that now eludes most Americans: Work hard at a job that pays you a good living and offers you a pension so you can put food on the table and take care of your family for as long as you and they live.
But the hard work union workers put in takes its toll. We know the physicality and skill required to be a productive union worker—whether you’re an apprentice or a seasoned worker in the twilight of your career.
We know that even the strongest bodies break down over time when they’ve been put to the test every day for decades.
And we know the difficulties union workers face when they carry the burden of having to provide for their families but cannot due to an injury, accident, or illness. Union workers can feel helpless when they can’t immediately return to a high-paying position that has paid for the necessities and luxuries their families enjoy.
That’s why we approach our clients’ legal issues holistically. When we advise our clients regarding their legal issues, we work closely with our referral networks of physicians and other lawyers to map out legal and medical paths forward for them so they can achieve their personal and work-related goals as soon as possible.
We don’t provide cookie cutter legal solutions because no two clients are in the same situation, and no two clients have the same health and family concerns.
The client who wants to collect workers’ compensation benefits while they’re injured but hopes to get back on their feet and back to the job site as soon as possible will require a different legal and medical strategy than another client who is closer to the end of their working career and needs to decide how workers’ compensation benefits could impact their eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance or other forms of disability benefits, as well as their pension and retirement benefits.
We also believe we can serve organized laborers even when we’re not their attorneys. We are honored to speak at union events across the country to educate union members about their many legal rights, including their legal rights regarding workers’ compensation and disability.
Union members who are educated about their legal rights will be empowered to take actions that are best for them and their families, whether that’s understanding how to report workplace injuries, or knowing when to hire an attorney to resolve a legal issue.