Academic Interests: Labor and Employment Law, Administrative Law
Course: Labor Law
Jason was born and raised in Oregon. In 1998, he graduated from Oregon State University with a B.A. in Political Science. He then attended the University of Oregon School of Law, earning his J.D. in May 2001.
After law school, Jason moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as an ERISA/Bankruptcy Attorney with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, a federal agency created to protect the pension plans of private sector employees. It was during this time Jason became a union member for the first time, quickly volunteering to become a steward in his local. He found that he enjoyed representing union members far more than he enjoyed ERISA/Bankruptcy law. This passion, coupled with a strong desire to move back to Oregon, led him to accept a position as in-house Legal Counsel with Oregon AFSCME in 2004.
In 2012, Jason was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to serve as the labor representative on the three-person Employment Relations Board. He was reappointed by Governor Brown in 2016. As a Board member, Jason was involved in deciding unfair labor practice cases, union representation disputes, and appeals under the State Personnel Relations Law. During Jason’s tenure on the Board, the agency eliminated a substantial backlog of cases and significantly reduced the amount of time needed to decide a case.
Jason joined Tedesco Law Group as a partner in February 2017, once again representing unions in all aspects of labor relations. Throughout his career, Jason has represented unions in numerous grievance in interest arbitration cases, unfair labor practice and representation cases before the National Labor Relations Board and Oregon Employment Relations Board, and state and federal court cases. In addition, Jason has negotiated dozens of collective bargaining agreements and advised unions on a wide variety of legal and strategic issues. In addition to his work for unions, Jason has represented individual employees in employment disputes and administrative law proceedings involving professional licensing and certification.
Jason has been active in the Oregon State Bar, including service on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section and as an Editorial Board member of the Civil Rights Section’s Newsletter. Jason served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section in 2014.
Coauthor (with Kyle Abraham and Nicole Elgin), Negotiating Technological Change in Oregon’s Public Sector Workplace, University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center Working Paper for May 30, 2018, Conference.
Co-Editor, Labor and Employment Law: Public Sector, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Publications, 2011 Update (with Thomas Doyle, Adam Collier, and Steven Krohn).
Author, “Military Leave and Military Family Leave Laws,” Labor and Employment Law: Public Sector, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Publications, 2011 Update.
Coauthor (with Tessa Sugahara and Steven Krohn), “Complaints of Employer Discrimination,” Labor and Employment Law: Public Sector, Oregon State Bar Continuing Legal Education Publications, 2011 Update.