Wylie, McBride, Platten & Renner

Since 1967 our firm has provided legal counsel and advice to private and public sector labor unions throughout the state of California and the United States. 

Over 50 Years of Experience in Labor and Employment Law

Wylie, McBride, Platten & Renner has long been providing quality legal representation for both unions and their members, earning our reputation as a full-service law firm for working people.

Our Commitment to You

Wylie, McBride, Platten & Renner is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of unions and working people.  We take great pride in both our success rate and in the high level of our clients’ satisfaction.

Legal News


Christopher E. Platten obtained a successful jury verdict in the matter of VanderHeiden v. City of Alameda, involving a claim of discrimination for perceived disability. In addition to a six-figure verdict, Mr. Platten obtained over one million dollars in fees and costs in the action under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.


Christopher E. Platten was trial appellate counsel in the matter of Scott v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., 11 Cal. 4th 454 (1995) a landmark case in furthering the development of breach of implied contract actions in the employment law arena and establishing the right to sue for wrongful termination.


Christopher E. Platten achieved a milestone victory in the matter of International Association of Firefighters, Local Union 230 v. City of San Jose, 195 Cal.App. 4th 1179 (2011). This case established the rule that the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights procedures for administrative appeals of firefighter discipline applies to charter entities. Moreover, the case also led to an amendment to the Meyers-Milias- Brown Act, by inclusion of Government Code Section 3505.8, providing that an arbitration agreement is enforceable in an action brought pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1280 and that a court shall not refuse to order arbitration because a party to the Memorandum of Understanding contends that the conduct in question arguably constitutes an unfair practice subject to the jurisdiction of the Public Employment Relations Board.

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