We are seasoned in representing both public and private sector employers in negotiating and operating with unions. We help with all elements of unionization, from initial campaign planning and strategy to defeat organization, to negotiation and collective bargaining, contract administration, dispute resolution and efforts to regain non-union status. Our clients represent many industries where unions are prevalent, including health care, forestry, education and government, and include large and small employers across diverse sectors such as manufacturing, telecommunications, timber, construction, food service and retail.
- Union avoidance
- Union organizing campaigns
- Representation of management before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
- Contract negotiations
- Grievance and arbitration hearings
- De-authorization and decertification
- International labor relations issues
- Advice regarding labor relations issues in mergers and acquisitions
- Claims of unfair labor practices
- Work stoppages and picketing
- Collective bargaining
- Litigation and trial representation
We are effective advisers across the spectrum of issues that arise with a unionized workforce because we know your business and how negotiation and dispute points affect operations. We’ll partner with you to develop offensive and defensive strategies so collective bargaining aims are clear, and the resulting contract achieves your goals and protects your interests both short and long term.
If you face scrutiny or questioning from the NLRB, we’ll help you navigate claims and investigations. Our clients benefit from the fact that we have attorneys who worked in-house at the NLRB as litigators and enforcers. Having experience on that side of the table provides excellent insight and perspective. In addition, over years of experience with labor union issues we have developed excellent working relationships with federal and state regulators.
An actual or threat of a work stoppage can be disruptive to your business and have a chilling effect on customers, suppliers, vendors and other partners. In addition to advising you on strike preparation and court remedies to prevent or address strike activities, we’ll help with communication and media strategies that amplify your position and minimize disruption.