Emotionally charged, highly visible and almost always economically significant, labor relations continue to redefine the employee-management relationship.
Despite declines in the union movement, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to tilt in labor’s favor, expanding the definition of legally protected activity and making it easier to organize. Unions are trying new tactics to rebuild membership and power, including social media and PR smear campaigns. And they frequently scrutinize employer policies and try to use the NLRB and government agencies to access union-free workplaces.
Every industry has different workforce needs. Our experience across sectors allows us to anticipate and prepare you for potential labor issues. Whether you have a unionized or union-free workforce, we strategize with you to minimize the impact of labor relations issues such as:
We take a balanced approach—combining negotiation, conciliation and, when appropriate, aggressive representation. We have served as lead negotiators in collective bargaining opposite some of the largest and most aggressive labor unions in North America. Our job is to help our clients meet their business goals without compromising employee loyalty, enthusiasm or productivity.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | January 11, 2017
Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column about a lawsuit resulting from a labor union’s boycott against a hotel and casino in Chicago.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | December 15, 2016
Chicago labor and employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column that discusses an ongoing litigation between Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. and the National Labor Relations Board. The dispute is over whether Cooper violated the National Labor Relations Act by firing an employee who yelled racist comments at a temporary worker who crossed the union’s picket line during a lockout.
Fast Company | November 11, 2016
Providence Labor & Employment partner and office managing partner Andrew Prescott is quoted discussing how President-elect Trump may reshape the National Labor Relations Board and the ways it could affect employers.
Law360 | October 19, 2016
Providence office managing partner and Labor & Employment partner Andrew B. Prescott, and Labor & Employment associate Jessica Jewell, guest authored this column about important guidance for employers in light of the National Labor Relation Board’s recent decision regarding several Chipotle employment policies.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | October 11, 2016
Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column that focuses on strikers and exceptions to protections under the National Labor Relations Act when they engage in misconduct.
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin | December 14, 2015
Chicago Labor & Employment partner Frank Saibert authored this column discussing the National Labor Relations Act’s Section 10(j) allowing federal district courts, at the National Labor Relations Board’s request, to grant temporary injunctions pending the board’s resolution of unfair labor practice charges. Click here to read the full article.
Reuters Legal | July 07, 2015
This coverage notes the DC Circuit’s unanimous decision that the National Labor Relations Board failed to do its job of reconciling conflicting labor laws and must revisit a matter involving Children’s Hospital and Research Center of Oakland. Labor & Employment associate Matt Frankel is noted as the hospital’s counsel.
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