We have extensive experience in representing both private and public sector employers in negotiating collective bargaining agreements. Our experience spans many sectors of the economy, including retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and white collar. In advance of and during negotiations, we work closely with management representatives to formulate bargaining objectives and to develop a strategy designed to achieve those objectives.
We have the experience and resources to bring added value in the process of researching and selecting an arbitrator. Our attorneys have arbitrated hundreds of cases arising under union labor contracts. These cases range from relatively minor disputes, such as contract interpretation or discipline and discharge cases, to complex cases involving plant closure or subcontracting, where potential monetary exposure can be significant.
Our professionals have decades of experience in devising proactive employee relations strategies for employers. We provide services designed to maintain a union-free workplace, including labor climate assessment techniques, management and supervisory training, team building, and communications programs. The objective is to create a work environment in which employees recognize that union representation is unnecessary.
Recent changes in the composition and orientation of the NLRB have also made it easier for unions to regain lost ground. When union organizing begins, we bring a sense of urgency that is so vital in an era of “quickie” union elections. We provide the legal advice necessary to navigate the representation process while at the same time helping to develop a communication campaign that maximizes the prospects for a favorable outcome.
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Public Sector Labor Relations
In an era of severe budgetary constraints, public sector labor negotiations are both demanding and mission-critical. We help public employers establish realistic bargaining objectives and help them achieve those objectives. When necessary, our experience as advocates maximizes the prospects for success in the fact-finding and conciliation processes that are so prevalent, especially for no-strike safety forces.