Jan 19, 2009 0
I finally got to touch base today with Mike Snider of Snider & Associates, the firm that sponsored a “Ciao to Chao” party thrown by Department of Labor staffers earlier this month in celebration of disliked Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao’s departure.
Snider said his firm represents the union to which the staffers belong in a Fair Labor Standards Act case. The union approached the firm about spending the $6,000 for the party, and Snider saw it as a marketing opportunity.
“Although I am apolitical, I do understand that the union had a difficult time with Secretary Chao and that they’re looking forward to having a much better relationship with the new secretary of labor,” Snider said.
He said that, after the soirée and the media attention surrounding it, his firm received calls from a couple of other federal employee union heads inquiring about representation.
He said his firm recently won a $7.6 million FLSA settlement with the Small Business Administration on behalf of its employees, and a $24 million FLSA settlement with the Department of Housing and Economic Development.
For the record, Snider, an observant Jew, did not attend the party himself; it was held on the Sabbath and did not offer kosher food.
CARYN TAMBER, Legal Affairs Writer