Vedder Price provides counsel and representation to clients across all industries in labor relations matters, including union organizing and decertification petitions, collective bargaining, corporate campaigns, strike support, and labor-related grievance processing and arbitration handling.
You can expect to work with highly skilled attorneys focusing on labor relations issues who have deep practical experience and can also draw on our firm’s extensive credentials in this area. One of our firm’s founding partners was, in fact, general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Broad experience in labor relations. Our attorneys are well versed in substantive and procedural law under the National Labor Relations Act and have many years of experience appearing before the NLRB and its regional offices in unfair-labor practice and representation (election) matters.
We can assist in a variety of matters, including the following:
Counseling to avoid charges of unfair labor practices
Handling NLRB investigations
Defending NLRB complaints through the appellate levels, if necessary
Providing legal and practical advice during union election campaigns
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Our attorneys bring both legal and practical experience to the management side of the bargaining table. We have successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements on behalf of management teams with representatives of virtually every major union in the United States.
Depending on your needs, our attorneys can provide the following services:
- Spokespersons at the bargaining table
- Support members of the management bargaining team
- Provide off-site resources for counseling, preparation and drafting of contract language
Unions can and increasingly do use nontraditional means to accomplish their organizing, collective bargaining and other goals. These so-called corporate campaigns include a variety of techniques, including adverse-publicity campaigns directed toward customers, shareholders and the general public, filing lawsuits and charges with the courts and governmental agencies, and work slowdowns. Our attorneys counsel employers on proven techniques for responding to such campaigns and help clients get back to focusing on their customers and business goals.
Although our practice strives to help clients in avoiding needless strikes, we are well equipped to provide timely and efficient advice and support when strikes do occur. Our attorneys are often successful in obtaining injunctive relief against violent picketing and breach-of-contract strikes, and we are prepared to respond swiftly in such fast-breaking situations.
We also offer substantial legal and practical experience in pre-strike planning, including developing pre-strike preparation plans and supervisory training on practical ways to plan for and respond to labor disruptions. We focus on strategies that minimize the impact of a strike on a client’s business and shorten strikes without compromising underlying business goals.
We handle labor arbitration matters ranging from simple questions of employee discipline to complex issues of contract interpretation involving substantial monetary exposure. In any scenario, we stress complete and thorough preparation and aggressive presentation, consistent with your cost considerations and goals in the matter.
For the critical task of arbitrator selection, we use three proven vehicles for tracking labor arbitrator performance:
- The Labor Arbitration Information System (LAIS) national database
- Simpson’s multivolume Arbitrator Qualification Reports
- Our own continuously updated evaluation files, which reflect our own attorneys’ experiences with specific arbitrators