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Joey Sanchez’s focus during the COVID-19 pandemic was on helping school district clients return students safely back to the classroom. His successful labor negotiations on behalf of school districts, coupled with the wide-spectrum of labor counsel he provides for a variety of public agencies, earned Joey a spot on the Daily Journal’s prestigious 2021 list of Top Labor & Employment Attorneys in California.
Joey negotiated on behalf of several public school districts in collaboration with teacher and classified school employee unions to ensure students continued to receive a meaningful education via distance learning, and to find healthy and safe ways to return students and teachers to the classroom. As labor counsel for the Cajon Valley Union School District, Joey worked with the District and unions to make Cajon Valley one of the first districts in San Diego County to return students to in-person learning in September. Cajon’s reopening was featured in the New York Times as an example of how a District can collaborate with labor groups on behalf of kids.
“It was rewarding,” Joey told the Daily Journal for a profile published today in the legal newspaper’s “Labor & Employment” special report (subscription required). “I spent the year practically nonstop at the bargaining table to get the kids back to school and it was no small feat. Some districts never got there. But for the others it worked and we did it collaboratively with the [teachers], union bus drivers, staff members and all those we needed to talk to.”
Joey said establishing trust with the labor unions and being meticulous about safety concerns was key to ensuring students received the best education they could under the challenging circumstances.


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