John A. Nesse

John A. Nesse


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John Nesse represents employers in collective bargaining, grievance-dispute resolution, and as a professional trustee or management counsel for matters related to Taft-Hartley benefit funds.


Mr. Nesse represents employers in collective bargaining as a chief spokesman and/or advisor.  He has led or advised in the negotiation of more than 100 collective bargaining agreements.  He has served as the lead negotiator for contracts of all sizes, covering as many as 5,000 employees.  He has successfully negotiated new collective bargaining agreements, mid-term contract concessions, and market recovery agreements. 

Mr. Nesse serves as an employer-appointed professional trustee on Taft-Hartley pension and health and welfare benefit trust funds, and advises employers and employer trustees on related issues.  He has years of experience with plans of all sizes, including pension plans that exceed $1 billion in total assets and health plans that cover more than 25,000 lives.  In addition to multiemployer plan issues, generally, Mr. Nesse has substantial experience with funding improvement and rehabilitation plans under the Pension Protection Act, defined benefit pension plan withdrawal liability, and the interaction between the collective bargaining agreement and the benefit funds.

Mr. Nesse has testified many times before the Minnesota Legislature and at administrative hearings on behalf of employers.  His government relations experience includes efforts related to the legislative process, rule making, the office of the legislative auditor, and state agencies.

Mr. Nesse is a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of St. Thomas - School of Law in Minneapolis where he teaches Negotiations.  He has served as a judge in the American Bar Association's law student negotiation competitions at the local and regional levels.  He has also served as a Director on the UST-Law Alumni Board and a mentor in the UST-Law Mentor Externship Program.

Mr. Nesse earned his law degree at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he was a President’s Scholar and earned a Dean’s Award in Negotiations. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (Business Administration, Spanish). He is a member of the Labor & Employment, Employee Benefits, and Construction Sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association.

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