Our team of labor lawyers has extensive experience representing management in all aspects of labor relations and is ranked both nationally and regionally by U.S. News – “Best Law Firms” survey for Labor Law - Management. Our labor lawyers counsel, advise, and represent both unionized and non-unionized clients in developing corporate-wide, multi-facility labor relations strategies. We negotiate collective bargaining agreements and represent our clients in contract administration, grievance handling and arbitration, strike consultation, and National Labor Relations Board and court proceedings. We make it a point to learn your business so that labor relations strategies coincide with your operational objectives. We also work with clients to develop communication strategies and proactive initiatives that encourage positive employee relations, helping employers lawfully avoid unions. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies and large private equity backed businesses to community health centers. We represent clients in manufacturing, healthcare, higher education, human services, paper, fuel oil, pharmaceutical, insurance/financial, trucking, transportation, construction, hospitality, gaming, elevator, aerospace and governmental industries.
We provide advice and representation on the full labor relations and union avoidance spectrum to help our clients attain their objectives, including:
As a dedicated labor relations practice within a full service regional law firm, we regularly partner with our firm's industry groups, including manufacturing, education, health care, exempt organizations, and construction, and draw upon the resources and experience of our firm’s practices, including corporate, environmental, health & safety, trial and appellate, governmental relations and incentives, and compensation and employee benefits. As part of coordinated teams, our labor practitioners are able to add significant value for clients as they work to attain their business and management objectives.
Counseled numerous employers, including an international chemical manufacturer, on labor relations strategy involving a permanent plant facility closure.
Represented and counseled health care employer during a successful decertification petition and election campaign involving a SEIU local union.
Prevailed in grievance arbitration involving the discharge for cause of a thirty-three year SEIU delegate.
Have served as chief spokesperson and lead negotiator in hundreds of collective bargaining negotiations that have involved numerous issues, including the termination of defined benefit retirement plans.
Successfully defended company in labor arbitration against a claim that the Union had the right to take union stewards away from work for Union business without notification to or approval from the company.
Assisted a Water Pollution Control Authority with the labor relations issues involving a subcontract of its WCPA operations and possible transition of operation back to the municipality.
Prevailed in labor arbitration regarding contract interpretation and involving the discipline of two employees who left work early because the Union claimed that the collective bargaining agreement established a maximum workweek.