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Michael C. Saqui

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Michael Saqui’s highly successful track record spanning over two decades makes him a powerful partner to the clients he represents in all aspects of employer-employee relations.

Michael has fought and prevailed against many of the biggest and best financed labor organizations in the U.S. He has managed over 100 union avoidance campaigns in dozens of states, resulting in maintenance of union-free status. He has successfully handled and tried literally hundreds of grievances and arbitrations involving just cause discipline, seniority, subcontracting, technological advances impacting bargaining units, and other contract interpretation issues. Michael represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board and other federal and state agencies and courts. He has also formulated and implemented preventive labor relations programs, trainings, procedures and union avoidance protocols for employers of all sizes and from virtually all industries.

Michael is one of the most sought after public speakers in California on labor and employment matters, and does extensive public speaking including seminars, lectures and in-house training, to counsel employers in developing proactive approaches to address employment and labor relations matters. He has also written numerous trend reports and management guides that help clients understand the legal climate and build strategies to undo vulnerabilities, enhance labor relations and manage crises when they arise.



Juris Doctor, California Western School of Law, San Diego, CA; 1989
Bachelor of Arts, Communications; Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI; 1985

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Regional Commerce and Trade Organizations
  • Labor and Employment Relations Associations
  • Regional Hotel and Lodging Associations
  • Ca. Winegrape Industry

Publications &Lectures

  • Access: Checklist for ALRB Organizing Activity
  • All In The Family: What Happens When You Hire an Entire Village
  • Art and Science of Employee Polling and Attitude Surveying
  • Crisis Management and Communications
  • Farm Labor Contractors & Vineyard Management: The Importance of Doing it Right
  • Farm Labor Contractor Programs
  • Harassment & Discrimination Prevention in the Workplace
  • Hot Topics in Labor Law
  • Immigration Practices 101: Form I-9 In a Nutshell
  • Management Trend Reports:
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  • Hot Goods and the FLSA
  • How to Encourage a Union Organizational Campaign
  • What to Do When ICE Shows Up
  • Labor Relations Briefings:
    • Management Guide to Electioneering
    • Management Guide to Vulnerability Audits
    • Management Guide to Employee Polling and Attitude Surveys
    • Management Guide to Winning Organizing Campaigns: Putting the Right Pieces Together for Success
    • Management Guide to Worker Centers: The Outsourcing of Union Organizing
    • Management Guide to Contingency Planning and Strike Preparation
    • Management Guide to Crisis Management and Communication
    • Management Guide to Managing Social Media and “Hacktavistism”