PMP’s consultants, attorneys and HR specialists are experienced professionals committed to providing clients with practical guidance on all aspects of the employer/employee relationship by navigating clients through the maze of regulations and laws governing labor relations and human resources. PMP’s strategies are proven, customized, and cost effective. They minimize management's exposure to litigation, turnover and other detrimental consequences of poor management decisions and maximize profits by promoting efficient, intelligent management. PMP provides services to a broad spectrum of clients in both the public and private sector, union and non-union, including small local businesses and multinational Fortune 500 companies.
Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl and Associates, Inc. (PMP), the oldest labor relations consulting firm representing management on Long Island, was founded in 1964 by former union organizer and worker’s rights advocate, Murray W. Portnoy. Initially, Murray offered human resources consulting and union contract negotiating services to a handful of clients. Murray’s unique perspective, creative thinking and negotiating abilities led to PMP’s growth in size and scope. Murray grew the company in size and reputation through his experience, fortitude, integrity, and most of all — his remarkable ability to negotiate through the most obstinate issues with an optimistic outlook and innovative thinking. Today PMP has a full staff of experienced and talented human resources and labor relations consultants, labor and employment attorneys, and administrative personnel. Murray Portnoy's values and vision remain at the core of PMP's mission and principles.
Tireless Advocate, Ace, Negotiator, Loyal Friend
Murray Portnoy (1923-2006), founder of Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates, Inc. was born on New York's Lower East Side, where he grew up during the Depression as the youngest of seven children. A self-made man in the truest sense, he left grade school to help support his family. At age 12, he worked fifty hours a week for $5. Odd jobs included selling meat door-to-door with a horse and a stint as a metal spinner. Eventually, he joined a labor union and thus began an illustrious career as an organizer, business agent, and officer. He was a strong advocate for worker's rights and a determined fighter for civil rights. Twenty-five years later, he started his own labor relations consulting firm out of an extra room in his home, representing management. Newsday ran a cover story on November 15, 1979 with the headline "A Union Man Who Switched Sides."
His shift in allegiance was not without risk. While he was advising several firms that were undergoing strikes, the fire department rushed to his home to quell a blaze that was later labeled an apparent arson, since it had been preceded by a threatening call to the house. "If you ---- with us, we'll burn both of you." An investigation was conducted by both the organized crime and arson squads of the Nassau County Police Department, the FBI, and local county district attorneys' offices.
Forty years later, the business has now expanded to include a full staff of HR consultants and attorneys.
But beyond his self-made success, Murray had the unique, endearing ability to touch the lives of each and every person that had the good fortune to cross his path. He made people feel good about themselves, never sparing a genuine compliment. He was proud of his involvement in the business, as well as in political and community affairs. He never stopped advocating for those he felt deserved a fair shake.
Murray's philosophy and dedication continues to be the guiding principle at PMP.