Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers

Amy M. Cu

Amy Cu represents public and private sector unions in all aspects of labor relations as well as individuals in employment matters.

Amy Moolin Cu is a graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles.  Her practice includes representing public and private sector unions in all aspects of labor relations as well as individuals in employment matters.

As part of the Group Legal Services program, Ms. Cu represents certificated teachers in various aspects of employment under state, federal, and administrative law. Her work includes advising teachers of their rights under the Education Code, advocating on behalf of teachers at Reduction in Force proceedings before the Office of Administrative Hearings, representing teachers at dismissal hearings before the Commission on Professional Competence, assisting teachers in responding to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s Committee of Credentials, and representing teachers seeking accommodations for disability under FEHA and the ADA. During her advocacy for teachers, Ms. Cu has successfully orally argued before the California Court of Appeal as well as persuaded an Administrative Law Judge to rescind almost all of the layoff notices issued to teachers in an entire school district.

In her representation of public sector labor unions, Ms. Cu advocates on behalf of City and County employees under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act and employee relations ordinances. Ms. Cu has assisted unions in representation cases involving recognition, severance, unit modification, and decertification before the Public Employment Relations Board and at hearings before City Managers.

In her representation of private sector labor unions, Ms. Cu’s practice focuses on grievance arbitrations involving wrongful discharge and contract disputes. Ms. Cu’s successes include winning reinstatement and full back pay for a grievant terminated for eating a cookie on the job despite medical necessity, and having an arbitrator uphold the terms of the minimum hours guarantee in the collective bargaining agreement to ensure that workers could have a sustainable income. Her work in this area also includes collaborations with local labor and social justice organizations to draft City ordinances and appearing before the City Council to advance labor causes. In 2012, the LLC awarded Ms. Cu with a Hiatt Conference Fellowship, which is given to attorneys of color and attorneys whose work involves broadening the labor movement.