Traditional Labor Law: Union Matters

The Firm counsels and represents both union and non-union employers, private and public sector, in traditional labor law matters. For clients that are non-union and desire to remain union-free, we provide guidance and counseling to management to ensure positive employee relations, including effective communications coupled with sound policies and practices. The aim is to avoid or minimize employee discontent which often leads to the perception of a need to elicit the aid of a third party such as a union. We also advise management of current union organizing trends and issues, and in addition, keep them apprised of new administrative and judicial decisions which affect the rights and responsibilities of non-union employers.

Our attorneys also assist employers in defending union organizing campaigns. We help develop the employer’s campaign strategy and also review employer campaign materials to ensure they are persuasive and in legal compliance. We counsel managerial and supervisory personnel on their rights and responsibilities, and regarding the applicable rules and regulations of the NLRB (private sector) and PERC (Florida public sector), to help them avoid committing unfair labor practices. We counsel and represent employers during union elections and in related proceedings before the NLRB and PERC.

For clients whose employees are represented by a union, we focus on preserving management’s rights to manage its business. Our attorneys often serve as chief negotiator on behalf of management in collective bargaining, or we advise the employer’s negotiator on bargaining strategy and specific issues behind the scenes. We also counsel management on the administration of the collective bargaining agreement during the course of its term, including grievance processing, and provide representation in arbitration, administrative and judicial proceedings involving labor-management disputes. If a strike is threatened or occurs, we develop plans to maintain the operation of the business, protect persons and property from violence, and communicate management’s position to employees, customers, the public and the media.