Howard M. Bloom

Howard M. Bloom: Attorney with Jackson Lewis P.C.
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Howard M. Bloom is a Principal in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has practiced labor and employment law representing exclusively employers for more than 36 years.

Mr. Bloom counsels clients in a variety of industries on labor law issues. He trains and advises executives, managers and supervisors on union awareness and positive employee relations, and assists employers in connection with union card-signing efforts, traditional union representation and corporate campaigns, and union decertification campaigns. He also represents clients at the National Labor Relations Board in connection with bargaining unit issues, objections and challenges, as well as unfair labor practice investigations and trials. Mr. Bloom also has been the spokesperson at countless first and successor contract collective bargaining negotiations, and regularly advises on collective bargaining agreement administration issues, including grievance/arbitration issues.

Mr. Bloom has appeared before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, several U.S. District Courts, the National Labor Relations Board, the Massachusetts Labor Relations Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Mr. Bloom speaks frequently to employer groups on a wide range of labor and employment law topics. He also has written extensively on labor and employment law for a variety of publications, including New England Business magazine, The Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal. He also is editor of and a frequent contributor to the Jackson Lewis Labor & Collective Bargaining Blog.

While attending law school, he was the Executive Editor of The Advocate: the Suffolk University Law School Journal and President of the Student Bar Association.

Mr. Bloom is a diehard baseball fan. His first book, The Baseball Uncyclopedia: A Highly Opinionated Myth-Busting Guide to the Great American Game, was published in February 2006.

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•Amherst, Massachusetts, town meeting member
•Charles River School in Dover, Massachusetts, Board of Trustees

Published Works

• Employee Rights: The Latest in Corporate Grievance Procedures, Boston Business Journal (August 25-31, 1995) [Author]
• Resolving Workplace Issues, The Boston Globe (January 7, 1992) [Author]
• Supervisor/Bargaining Unit Member Participation in Union Removal Efforts: Is the Company Responsible? Labor Law Journal (April 1984) [Author]
Employer's Guide to Employment Law. MA: Town Crier Press, 1984. [Co-Author]
Winning NLRB Elections: Management Strategy and Preventive Programs [Contributing Author]

In the News

February 6, 2019
Material Handling & Logistics News

Howard Bloom, Philip Rosen and Jonathan Spitz Comment on Union Membership Trends in 2018

Howard Bloom, Philip Rosen and Jonathan Spitz comment on implications of the decline in union memberships in Union Membership Stagnant in 2018, published by Material Handling and Logistics News. Subscription may be required to view article

January 17, 2018

Howard Bloom Comments on Implications of the Recent NLRB Rulings

Howard Bloom comments on implications of the recent NLRB rulings and what this means for HR in The NLRB Goes Back to the Future, published by Xpert HR USA. Subscription may be required to view article

January 4, 2018

Howard Bloom Comments on Implications of Peter Robb's Recent General Counsel Memo

Howard Bloom comments on implications of the NLRB's Board Office of the General Counsel issuing a memorandum signaling the agency's new approach to many controversial rulings and interpretations from the Obama-era board in More Obama NLRB Decisions May Be Ditched, published by SHRM. Subscription may be...


February 15, 2019

Labor Board Returns to Pre-2014 Test for Determining if Individual Is an Independent Contractor

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has held that in deciding whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee, it will return to focusing on the extent to which the arrangement between the ostensible employer and the alleged employee provided an “entrepreneurial opportunity” to the individual, overruling a 2014...

February 14, 2019

Top Five Labor Law Developments for January 2019

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) reinstated its pre-2014 standard for determining whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee. SuperShuttle DFW, Inc., 367 NLRB No. 75 (Jan. 25, 2019). The NLRB determined that the employer’s shuttle van drivers were not employees, but independent contractors. Thus, they...

January 29, 2019

Labor Board Narrows What May Be Considered Concerted Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has narrowed the circumstances under which a complaint made by an individual employee is considered concerted activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Alstate Maintenance, LLC, 367 NLRB No. 68 (Jan. 11, 2019). In doing so, the Board reaffirmed and applied the...


Labor & Collective Bargaining
NLRB Overrules Obama-Board Independent Contractor Precedent, Reinstates Common Law Test
January 26, 2019

The National Labor Relations Board has overruled FedEx Home Delivery, 361 NLRB 610 (2014).

By Howard M. Bloom

Labor & Collective Bargaining
Report: Union Representation Numbers Remain Low
January 18, 2019

Once again, the percentage of private sector union-represented workers fell - to 6.4% in 2018, from 6.5% in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. Highlights from the “Union Members - 2018” report include: Men had a higher union representation rate than women (11.1% to 9.9%).

By Howard M. Bloom

Labor & Collective Bargaining
Labor Board Sets New Deadline for Submitting Comments on Proposed Joint-Employer Rulemaking
November 2, 2018

The National Labor Relations Board has extended the deadline for submitting comments regarding its proposed rulemaking on the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act to December 13, 2018.

By Michael T. Mortensen, Howard M. Bloom and Philip B. Rosen

Areas of Practice (5)

  • Collegiate and Professional Sports
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • Hospitality
  • Health Care
  • Retail and Consumer Goods

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(617) 367-0025  Phone
(617) 367-2155  Fax
University Attended:
University of Massachusetts, B.A., cum laude, 1973
Law School Attended:
Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1977
Year of First Admission:
1978, Massachusetts - D. Mass.; 1978, 1st Circuit Court of Appeals; 1981, Rhode Island - D. R.I. (inactive); 1981, Connecticut - D. Conn.; 1996, U.S. Court of Appeals, DC Circuit; 1977, Massachusetts; 1982, U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Activities

•Massachusetts State Bar Association

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