The panel will provide a summary of all ILRB and court decisions issued in the past year concerning the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act and will discuss several significant decisions and rulings. The Board’s General Counsel will also provide an overview of the Board’s structure and administrative performance as well as recent amendments to the Act.
Gary Bailey has served as a labor attorney for the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council for over 25 years. He is involved in negotiations, grievance arbitrations and interest arbitrations on behalf of sworn peace officers and law enforcement personnel across the State of Illinois. Mr. Bailey is an active member of the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law and was elected in 2017 to the Section Council, which serves as the governing board. He served as Co-Chairman of the State and Local Government Bargaining and Employment Law Committee from 2009-2012 and presently serves as Union Co-Chair for the Sub-Committee on Interest Arbitration. Mr. Bailey received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he is a member of the Senior Partner Council. He was inducted as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers in 2008.
James Baird is a Founding Partner at the firm Clark Baird Smith LLP. His labor and employment practice is focused on the representation of public and private sector management clients in union representation, collective bargaining, grievance and interest arbitrations, workplace counseling and unfair labor practice matters. Mr. Baird is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and a member of the American Bar Association’s Board of Governors. In November of 2019, the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law named Jim the recipient of the Arvid Anderson Public Sector Labor & Employment Attorney of the Year Award. Jim is the 11th recipient (and 3rd management lawyer) to receive this prestigious national ABA award. He served for over 30 years as Labor Relations Counsel to both the National and Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Associations. Additionally, he has served as Chairman of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee (1978-80) and is a former member of the National Dispute Panel of the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Baird has authored or co-authored a number of books and has spoken extensively on labor and employment relations issues to colleges and universities. He received a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, a Master of Laws in labor law from George Washington University School of Law, with highest honors, and a B.S. from Michigan State University.
Helen J. Kim became General Counsel for the Illinois Labor Relations Board since November 1, 2016. Prior to her position at the ILRB, she was General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Labor, the state agency charged with administering and enforcing various labor laws, including the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, the Wage Payment and Collection Act, and the Prevailing Wage Act. Ms. Kim began her state service as labor relations counsel with the Illinois Department of Central Management Services, representing state agencies in arbitrations as well as cases before the ILRB. She was also an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Civil Actions Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she represented Cook County and its elected officials in labor and employment matters. Ms. Kim received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.
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