Practice

Labor Relations

Representing employers in the complex world of labor relations

We offer strategic advice to employers to develop and implement proactive and comprehensive labor relations policies and extensive experience litigating disputes before the NLRB and in labor arbitrations.

A healthy and thriving workplace is the goal of every management team, and we are passionate about helping clients create and maintain those environments. From proactively assessing clear and open communication between parties, to pragmatic problem solving when the need arises, we partner with our clients at every level of the employee-management relationship.

We advise employers on every aspect of traditional labor law, including:

  • Union organizing campaigns
  • Collective bargaining
  • Representation/decertification elections
  • Unfair labor practice litigation
  • Injunction proceedings
  • Consumer boycotts
  • Corporate campaigns
  • NLRB proceedings
  • Grievance and labor arbitration 

We have represented private and public sector clients across such diverse industries, whether they are fully unionized, fully non-union, or a mixture of the two.

Areas of Focus

Our deep experience in labor relations includes:
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • State labor laws
  • Collective bargaining
  • Representing employers before the NLRB
  • Preserving nonunion status

Experience

  • On behalf of a prominent healthcare company, we negotiated collective bargaining agreements with a variety of unions at seven different hospitals. We also litigated numerous disputes before the National Labor Relations Board arising out of these negotiations. All contracts were settled on favorable terms and all litigation against client was dismissed.
  • Represented developer during negotiation for first project labor agreement (PLA) for the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the United States.
  • Served as lead New England labor and employment counsel for a major nursing home company, handling “R” petitions and unfair labor practice charges, and in addition, a successful litigation brought against a union for conduct arising out of a corporate campaign against employer.
  • Defeated NLRB-supervised elections on behalf of recycling and energy company.
  • Representing a well-known brand/national retail chain in union negotiations, organizing campaigns and related litigation with unions in multi-state locations across the United States.  
  • Represented a national power generator in its acquisition and its subsequent disposition of several unionized power plants in the Northeast. 
  • Won settlement from hotel workers union on employer’s grievance challenging illegal job actions during term of collective bargaining agreement.