About Us

Lectores Labor Consulting was created as a result of too many lessons learned the hard way. Speaking from 30 years of experience, as a former IAFF firefighter, FPF 10th DVP and labor attorney, the goal of Lectores Labor Consulting is to assist labor unions in training and education that is so often neglected because of limited time or resources.  Lectores Labor Consulting provides workshops on topics such as grievance processing, EEO and grievance investigation, arbitration preparation, lobbying and contract negotiation.

William Jeffrey Carnes, Managing Director of Lectores Labor Consulting, also practices Labor Law in Tampa, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with concentrations in Business Administration and Economics from Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina and his Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. He has successfully completed the required training program meeting the standards for the EEOC’s EEO Investigator Training. He is a present or past member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, National Employment Lawyers Association, Florida NELA, Association of Trial Lawyers of America and The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. He is licensed to practice in all Florida Courts and the Middle District Court of the 11th Circuit Federal Court. Jeff Carnes serves as an adjunct instructor on the University of South Florida faculty; teaching courses in Management Ethics, Labor and Employment Law and Labor Negotiation and Collective Bargaining Agreement Administration in the School of Business Administration. He is certified as an arbitrator with the Council of Better Business Bureaus. He is founder and Managing Director of Lectores Information Technology and Lectores Labor Consulting, with emphasis on labor/management education and training.

Before his law career, Mr. Carnes was an officer with the Tampa Fire Department and member of IAFF Local 754, serving as Executive Board member, Negotiation Team member and Political Director. Mr. Carnes was President of the Bay Area Council of Firefighters and the 10th District Vice President of the Professional Firefighters of Florida. He is President Emeritus of the West Central Florida Industrial Relations Research Association. Additionally, he was the Co-Chairman of the Labor Relations Committee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Florida Bar.  He is a current member of FTP/NEA and the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.

Jeff Carnes practices in the area of Labor and Employment Law representing labor unions, individuals and health care employers in employment disputes. His Employment Law practice addresses termination, discrimination, EEOC investigations, covenants not-to-compete, employment contracts, severance agreements and administrative hearings. His Labor Law practice has provided counsel and representation to more than seventy bargaining units representing employees of public utilities, government (fire fighters, paramedics and general employees), industrial, construction and craft trades. Representative list of labor and similar associations:  ATU Local 1464, FMDA, FMCEU, HCEA Local 167, IAFF Local unions, IBEW Local unions, PCCFF, SMWIA Local unions, SWAPA, USWA Local unions.