Irwin Bluestein has been a member of Levy Ratner since April 2019. He has represented labor organizations and their related employee benefit plans for more than 40 years. Among his clients are unions and employee benefit plans in health care, higher education, newspaper, printing, and other industries.
His representation of these clients includes collective bargaining, arbitration, litigation, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state administrative agencies; advising employee benefit plans regarding plan design and administration; drafting plan and trust documents, summary plan descriptions, and the like; addressing fiduciary and compliance issues; merging funds and plans; and litigating trustee deadlocks, withdrawal liability, delinquent contributions, and participant claims.
Mr. Bluestein counsels single and multi-employer Taft-Hartley pension and benefit plans, and has negotiated extensively in connection with non-Taft-Hartley plans. He was involved in developing and obtaining approval of the first defined benefit adjustable pension plan approved by the IRS. It is his hope that defined benefit adjustable pension plans will help reverse the growth of 401 (k) and other defined contribution plans which he considers anathema to the interests of workers and retirees.
Mr. Bluestein is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been recognized for many years as a New York Super Lawyer and as a Best Lawyer in America, and was named the Best Lawyers' New York City Litigation - Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year for 2015.
Before joining Levy Ratner, Mr. Bluestein was a member of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, P.C. and Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. He is a frequent speaker and instructor on labor law and employee benefits issues.