Mets Schiro McGovern & Paris

New Jersey's Premier Labor Attorneys Representing Unions and Employees

James Mets Leonard Schiro Kevin McGovern Peter B. Paris
James M. Mets Leonard C. Schiro Kevin P. McGovern Peter B. Paris
555 U.S. Highway One South
Suite 320
Iselin, NJ 08830

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Mets Schiro McGovern & Paris —

Mets Schiro McGovern & Paris is a Law Firm dedicated to working for labor. As the demands of the workplace increase and the legal landscape grows more complex, Mets Schiro & McGovern is rapidly emerging as the Firm that today’s union calls upon for effective legal representation.

Mets Schiro McGovern & Paris represents tens of thousands of union workers in the greater New Jersey area. The Firm has helped labor unions achieve their desired goals through decades of practical experience with innovative strategic thinking and a “client-focused” approach to dispute resolution.

It is this approach which has helped us achieve Best Lawyers and Law Firms 2010 and excellent placement in the U.S.News — Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings.

Staffed by a team of attorneys well versed in the highly specialized field of union–side labor law, Mets Schiro McGovern & Paris is uniquely qualified to handle a wide array of labor–management issues in a professional and cost–effective manner.

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In the Matter of County of Atlantic — In the Matter of Township of Bridgewater

A consolidated case involving police unions in Atlantic County and the Township of Bridgewater. The Atlantic County unions filed unfair practice charges with PERC, alleging that after their union contract expired Atlantic County refused to pay step increases during contract negotiations.

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In the Matter of Angel Reillo

The following is a summary of the Appellate Division's recent, unpublished decision..

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Township of Middletown v. PBA Local 124

Matter of Arbitration — Opinion and Award

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JAMES M. METS, ESQ.
WAS HONORED ON JUNE 25, 2016
BY PATERSON PBA LOCAL 1
AT ITS 107TH ANNUAL BALL



New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2016

Leonard C. Schiro has been selected to New Jersey Super Lawyers for 2016.



NJ Panel Says PERC Exceeded Authority In Pay Increment Row

Law360, New York (March 9, 2016, 10:02 PM ET) — A New Jersey Appeals Court on Wednesday specified the role of the state’s Public Employment Relations Commission, finding the commission exceeded its authority when it determined that government employers don’t have to keep paying workers salary increments outlined in their collective bargaining agreements after those contracts expire.

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Williams v. Township of Lakewood

Mets Schiro and McGovern has scored another victory for worker’s rights in New Jersey! No longer can an employer in New Jersey force an employee to submit to a psychological fitness for duty examination without a sufficient factual basis to do so. In Paul Williams v. Township of Lakewood (decided January 25, 2016) the Appellate Division established a standard which an employer must meet in order to mandate that an employee attend such an evaluation. This standard will protect employees from mandatory psychological fitness for duty directives that are based on hearsay, rumor, speculation, suspicion or, even worse, personal or anti–union animus.

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Burgos v. State of New Jersey

Today, June 9, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued an extremely disappointing decision in Burgos v. State of New Jersey. This case was brought by a coalition of public sector unions challenging Governor Christie’s refusal to make required contributions to the pension system as required by Chapter 78. Justice LaVecchia, writing for the majority of the Court, acknowledged that “plaintiffs correctly assert that a promise was made by the legislative and executive branches when enacting Chapter 78, and morally their argument is unassailable.” She nevertheless concluded that “Chapter 78 could not create the type of legally enforceable contract…that is entitled to protection under the Contracts Clauses of either the State or Federal Constitutions.” The Supreme Court’s decision overturned the lower court’s determination that the Governor’s refusal to make pension payments was a violation of the Contracts Clause.

The Attorney General’s Office on behalf of Governor Christie argued before the Court that Chapter 78, the law he championed in 2011, was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court legitimized this argument and has allowed the continued underfunding of the various pension systems. Justice Albin and Chief Justice Rabner presented a vigorous dissent, which may pave the way for future avenues of appeal in this case. Counsel for the union plaintiffs are currently evaluating the best course of action to continue this matter.

Read the syllabus Burgos v. State of New Jersey (A–55–14) (075736)



U.S.News — Best Lawyers in America for 2015

James M. Mets and Leonard C. Schiro have been selected as Best Lawyers for 2015.

Brian Maneeta has been selected as a Rising Star for 2015.



2015 — New Jersey Public Employment Conference
Friday, April 17, 2015, Hilton Hotel, East Brunswick, New Jersey

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2014 — Tom O’Malley vs. West New York, et al and
Kim Geneux vs. West New York, et al


Recently Peter Paris, Esq. successfully settled two whistleblower cases against the Town of West New York.

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2014 — New Jersey Public Employment Conference
Friday, April 25, 2014, Hilton Hotel, East Brunswick, New Jersey

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Final Report of the Police and Fire Public Interest Arbitration Impact Task Force to the Governor and Legislature

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PBA Local 174 vs. Bridgewater Township

Recently, Peter Paris for Mets Schiro & McGovern won an arbitration on behalf of PBA Local 174 vs. Bridgewater Twp, represented by Eric Bernstein, Esq.

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2014 State PBA Collective Bargaining Seminar
Presented by James M. Mets, Esq.


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U.S.News – Best Lawyers in America for 2014

James M. Mets and Leonard C. Schiro have received Best Lawyers in America.



U.S.News – Best Lawyers in America 2013

Mets Schiro & McGovern has been selected as a Tier 1 Labor Firm by US News & World Reports.



U.S.News – Best Lawyers in America 2013

James M. Mets has been selected to be included in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America. For more click here

Best Lawyers in New Jersey 2013

James M. Mets has also been selected to be included in Best Lawyers in New Jersey 2013.



February 5, 2013 — Bridgewater Township v. Bridgewater Township Superior Officers Association (SOA)

This case involves the Township of Bridgewater’s decision to increase co–pays for doctors’ office visits and prescription drugs for officers who retired prior to the commencement of the new collective negotiations agreement. The active employees negotiated increases but specifically took the position in negotiations that they did not negotiate for the retirees.

The Arbitrator ruled in favor of the SOA and ordered the Township to make whole the retired members.

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Best Law Firms
Mets Schiro & McGovern
has a Tier 1 ranking in the 2016 Metro Practice Area Rankings

Best Law Firms
Mets Schiro & McGovern
has a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 Metro Practice Area Rankings


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555 U.S. Highway One South
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Iselin, NJ 08830
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