We proactively partner with clients to address employee issues arising from collective bargaining relationships, and develop strategies to effectively resolve the issues in an efficient manner with favorable outcomes.Print to PDF
Our Labor and Employment attorneys help protect and preserve the prerogatives of management within the context of a positive, inclusive work environment, whether union or non-union. Our attorneys have earned a national reputation for resolving difficult labor-related issues.
Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement typically cannot be disciplined or terminated except for just cause, which has a very specific meaning in labor law. The burden is on the employer to prove just cause. Clients worry about facing labor arbitrations when they need to discipline or terminate an employee because of cost and the potential that they may have to reinstate the employee or pay the employee back pay for lost time. We counsel clients and work with them concerning such employees to ensure they have taken the proper steps with respect to the employee being disciplined to meet the just cause standard.
Early intervention and client counseling are key. Our attorneys help create strategies concerning the issues covered in a collective bargaining agreement, whether it is just-cause terminations or other covered conditions of employment, such as wages.
Our members are partners to their clients, developing a high level understanding of our clients’ business and operational needs. This is an important step in helping clients manage potential labor legal liability.
We partner with our clients concerning issues covered by a collective bargaining agreement to effectively address and resolve the issues, generally making arbitration of those issues unnecessary. In the event that arbitration is unavoidable, early intervention and counseling help develop case strategies to place our clients in the best position to prevail at arbitration.
We are adept at collective bargaining and labor contract administration, grievance handling, and labor arbitrations. Employers regularly turn to us for representation involving claims of unfair labor practice in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. In addition, we have developed effective policies and procedures for preparations for picketing, work stoppages and disruptions, strikes, lockouts and labor injunctions, as well as for maintaining security and productivity during union workplace disruption.
In addition, we have prevailed in matters on behalf of the following clients: