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Sarah K. Drescher
Sarah joined the firm Of Counsel in 2005 and became partner in 2013. She provides daily counsel to labor organizations and specializes in resolving labor disputes before labor arbitrators, the Oregon Employment Relations Board, and the National Labor Relations Board.
Sarah has successfully tried dozens of cases on behalf of labor unions, including many discipline cases, achieving reinstatement and back pay for wrongfully discharged employees.
Sarah also regularly appears before the Oregon appellate courts and the Oregon Legislature as an advocate for labor organizations. She has spent several years working to preserve and improve legislation aimed at preventing the privatization of family wage jobs in the public sector.
She is the Past Chair of the Oregon State Bar's Labor & Employment Section Executive Committee and frequently speaks at labor relations conferences, including those hosted by the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council (OSFFC), Oregon’s Labor Employment Research Center (LERC), Oregon State Bar’s Labor & Employment Boot Camp, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA).
Prior to joining Tedesco Law Group, Sarah practiced civil rights litigation, representing environmental and political protesters in Southern Oregon and filing constitutional claims on behalf of inmates as a volunteer attorney for the ACLU.
Hicks v. Central Point School District and First Student, Inc., 270 Or. App. 532, 348 P.3d 307 (2015), rev. den. 357 Or. 743 (2015). Successfully challenged school district’s non-compliance with public contracting code when outsourcing public school transportation services to private company.
Moro v. State of Oregon et al., 357 Or. 167, 351 P.3d 1 (2015). Filed brief for amicus curiae International Association of Fire Fighters in lawsuit that successfully challenged legislation aimed at reducing retirement benefits.
OSEA v. Clatskanie School District (Arbitrator Joseph W. Duffy, 2015). Successfully challenged school district’s change in calculation of employee contributions toward health insurance premiums, resulting in decision requiring district to reimburse employees.
International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 3564 v. City of Grants Pass, 262 Or. App. 657 (2014). Successfully challenged city’s failure to comply with overtime laws for fire fighters.
Oregon School Employees Association v. Parkrose School District, 25 PECBR 783, UP-030-12 (2013). Successfully challenged school district’s unilateral implementation of furlough days without bargaining and obtained order requiring district to restore lost wages and benefits to furloughed employees.
Hydro-Temp Mechanical, Inc. and Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Local 16, 19-RC-114979 (2013). Successfully defended petition filed with National Labor Relations Board to organize sheet metal workers after employer objected to composition of bargaining unit, resulting in election in favor of union representation.
Past Chair (2016), Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Section, Oregon State Bar Association
University of Oregon, J.D., 2004
University of Oregon, B.A., 2000
Wellesley College, 1997-1999
U.S. District Courts for the District of Oregon
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit