Karl Fritton

Reed Smith LLP

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South Wacker Drive 10
Chicago 60606 IL US

Karl A. Fritton represents a variety of national employers in collective bargaining, labor arbitration and employment-related litigation before the National Labor Relations Board and the State and Federal Courts. His clients are in the energy, food, waste management, steel, construction, automotive, insurance, financial services, higher education, health care and media industries.

In the public sector, Karl represents a number of municipal governments in their dealings with union and non-union employees. He has served as labor counsel to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and is labor counsel to the Office of the Attorney General of Pennsylvania.

Karl is a lecturer at the Rutgers University Institute of Management and Labor Relations and an adjunct professor of labor law at Rutgers University School of Law, where he teaches collective bargaining and labor arbitration. He is a frequent author and lecturer on labor and employment-related matters to professional and employer organizations.

Karl has acted as chief negotiator in over 200 labor negotiations, including over 50 first contracts, with results including:

  • Broad no-strike and picketing clauses
  • Elimination of union-sponsored health and welfare plan and substitution of company plan
  • Elimination of multi-employer defined benefit pension and substitution of 401(k) or other defined contribution plan
  • Incentive Pay Plans
  • Broad no-strike and picketing clauses
  • Elimination of various lines of business and subcontracting the work to a third-party
  • Consolidation of two bargaining units and retention of more favorable rates of pay
  • Assignment of work between union and non-union employees at same facility

Education :

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law, Camden, 1980, J.D.
  • State University of New York at Albany, 1977, B.S., Economics

Professional Admissions & Qualifications :

  • Pennsylvania
  • New York

Court Admissions :

  • All State and Federal Courts – New York
  • All State and Federal Courts – Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations :

  • Member of Board of Directors of non-profit healthcare provider
  • Served as a volunteer and advisor to Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Philadelphia


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South Wacker Drive 10
Chicago 60606 IL US
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