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Labor-Management Relations

Whether advising non-unionized employers on strategies to remain union-free or assisting employers with a unionized workforce in negotiations, labor arbitrations and defending unfair labor practice charges, our nationally recognized labor attorneys are ready to help. This includes matters relating to:

  • Breach of Collective Bargaining Agreements
  • Campaign Management
  • Collective Bargaining Negotiations
  • Corporate Campaigns
  • Grievances Under Union Contracts 
  • Labor Litigation
  • Managing Existing Union Relationships
  • Strikes and Boycotts
  • Unfair Labor Practice Charges
  • Union Avoidance
  • Union Decertification

Whether or not your workforce is unionized, a key to a successful business strategy is building and maintaining a positive work environment. At times, this can be challenging. Conflicts between labor and management can cripple a company. That’s why McGuireWoods encourages clients to adopt proactive approaches to labor relations.

Union Avoidance

The best way to avoid unionization is to develop and maintain an atmosphere of positive employee relations. Working together, we help clients create and implement training programs so supervisors and managers have the tools to communicate legally and effectively with employees about the company’s pro-employee and pro-company position and the clear benefits of a non-union environment.

By engaging in both horizontal and vertical communication, we empower clients to identify pre-petition activity at an early stage when countermeasures can be most effective. This allows clients to identify potential problems and address employee concerns before they become issues around which employees might organize. In our experience, a well-educated corporate management team and a satisfied, communicative workforce is the most effective way to remain union-free.

Campaign Management

Sometimes representation campaigns are unavoidable. Our experienced campaign team has managed more than 500 campaigns in virtually every state, against nearly every union and within a vast array of industries and settings. As your partner, we will roll up our sleeves, work the issues, walk the floors and develop creative strategies that have made winners in the past out of apparently “hopeless” situations.

We know what it takes to win campaigns, and we’ve won where the number of eligible votes numbered from ten to hundreds, and even thousands. No two campaigns are alike. Clients don’t get “cookie cutter” campaigns from us. We design each campaign to address the unique issues at a particular location and for the specific union involved. We’re also not faint of heart. We help clients do all that is legally permissible to help their employees remain union-free.

Managing Existing Union Relationships

For companies with multiple union sites or a mixture of union and non-union facilities, we assist in strategically managing those relationships so clients can focus on business objectives and opportunities. Any attorney can negotiate or administer a collective bargaining agreement or defend a grievance through arbitration. However, our traditional labor attorneys work with clients to reduce the number of collective bargaining agreements; identify and eliminate bad contract clauses; and protect against the spread of unionization to the non-unionized segments of the organization.

Strikes, Boycotts and Corporate Campaigns

A strike is never a desired outcome, but a company’s ability to prepare for and withstand a strike, boycott or corporate campaign is a crucial element of all comprehensive labor relations strategies. We have the experience and fortitude to craft aggressive contingent workforce and production plans, secure injunctive relief, and facilitate internal and external communication to our clients’ advantage. We stand shoulder to shoulder with clients to not only endure, but overcome these contentious labor disputes.

Labor Litigation

Our traditional labor attorneys, including a former National Labor Relations Board attorney, bring a wide range of trial experience and perspectives to labor litigation, including Board pre-election hearings, post-election challenges and objections, unfair labor practice charges, unit clarification petitions and unit deauthorization procedures.

CONTACTS

Gary S. Marshall Partner T: +1 804 775 1013
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RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representative Matter

Airport retail management company

Representation of an airport retail management company in the negotiation of a favorable collective bargaining agreement.
Representative Matter

Steel manufacturer and distributor

Assist steel manufacturer and distributor in successfully negotiating a collective bargaining agreement for the company.
Representative Matter

U.S. producer of ready-mixed concrete

Negotiation of favorable collective bargaining agreement.
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Large U.S. non-residential retail energy supplier

Successfully negotiated a favorable collective bargaining agreement with the Utility Workers for large U.S. non-residential retail energy supplier.
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Consumer products manufacturer

Represented a consumer products manufacturer in collective bargaining negotiations with unions at its facilities in Memphis, TN and Danville, IL.
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U.S.-based baking company

Defense of U.S.-based baking company against numerous unfair labor practice charges and objections to elections, including one election in which the Bakery Confectionary Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union lost by a vote of 100 to 97.
Representative Matter

A beverage company

Obtained full dismissal and/or withdrawal of eight unfair labor practice charges filed by the Union during multi-facility contract negotiations with the employer.
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Leading aerospace company

Effectively represented a leading aerospace company in one of the largest decertification campaigns ever conducted, including legal challenges before the NLRB and the related campaign against the SCPEA, which involved 11 voting areas in California and Florida and forty-five hundred employees.
Representative Matter

Manufacturing facility

After winning a campaign for a manufacturing facility, effectively opposed 16 objections and approximately 20 unfair labor practice allegations, resulting in the upholding of the company’s victory. Of 16 objections, 13 were overruled without a hearing, and all but a few of the unfair labor practice claims were dismissed, including all claims that could have resulted in back-pay liability.
Representative Matter

National beef processing company

Effectively led two campaigns within 18 months against the UFCW for a national beef processing company, which involved 900 employees, communications in four languages, and multiple polling places and times.
Representative Matter

National beverage manufacturer

Effectively petitioned the NLRB for review for a national beverage manufacturer following the dismissal of an employee decertification petition by the Regional Director (which came over a year after the petition was filed), resulting in a Board reversal of the Regional Director’s decision, a subsequent decertification vote and the largest decertification victory in our client’s history.
Representative Matter

Union free facility

Aggressively engaged in collective bargaining with a quarry concern that later led to a decertification campaign. No complaints were issued on the blocking charges, the employees won the decertification election, and the facility remains union free today.
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Sabrina A Beldner Sabrina A. Beldner
Senior Counsel
1800 Century Park East
8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90067-1501

T: +1 310 956 3419
F: +1 310 956 3119
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Michael J DiMattia Michael J. DiMattia
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7009
F: +1 212 715 2312
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Halima Horton Halima Horton
Partner
Promenade
1230 Peachtree Street, N.E.
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30309-3534

T: +1 404 443 5715
F: +1 404 443 5765
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David D Leishman David D. Leishman
Associate
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 8680
F: +1 312 698 4531
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Gary S Marshall Gary S. Marshall
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1013
F: +1 804 698 2104
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John G McDonald John G. McDonald
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 704 343 2276
F: +1 704 444 8753
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T:+1 212 548 2176
F: +1 704 444 8753

James P McElligott Jr. James P. McElligott Jr.
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4329
F: +1 804 698 2111
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Christopher M Michalik Christopher M. Michalik
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4343
F: +1 804 715 6287
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Dana Rust Dana Rust
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1082
F: +1 804 698 2158
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Micah Schwartz Micah B. Schwartz
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 4364
F: +1 804 698 2037
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Bruce M Steen Bruce M. Steen
Partner
201 North Tryon Street
Suite 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202-2146

T: +1 704 353 6244
F: +1 704 353 6200
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Melissa L Taylormoore Melissa L. Taylormoore
Associate
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5479
F: +1 703 712 5229
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Tips for Employers on Handling Employee Comments on Social Media

September 25, 2014
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