John A. Nesse

John A. Nesse


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John Nesse counsels and represents employers in labor relations matters.  His practice includes the negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements, grievance-dispute resolution and arbitration, unfair labor practice proceedings, and serving as a professional trustee or management counsel for matters related to Taft-Hartley benefit funds.  He counsels multiemployer industry associations on operations and governance matters, especially where the group has an organized labor relationship.

Mr. Nesse has led or advised in the negotiation of more than 100 collective bargaining agreements in the building maintenance, construction, long term care, theatre and trucking/warehouse industries.  He has particular experience working with multiemployer groups and has served as the lead negotiator for several large industry agreements covering thousands of 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 assets and health plans that cover more than 25,000 lives.  In addition to multiemployer plan issues, generally, Mr. Nesse has significant experience with Pension Protection Act and Affordable Care Act issues, 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.  He has represented employers in efforts related to the legislative process, rule making, the office of the legislative auditor, and state agencies.

Mr. Nesse is an adjunct professor 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 is a member of the Labor & Employment, Employee Benefits, and Construction Sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Labor & Employment Section of the American Bar Association.

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