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, McGuireWoods’ nationally recognized labor lawyers have deep experience handling:
A key to a successful business strategy is building and maintaining a positive work environment. 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.
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. No two campaigns are alike. We design each campaign to address the unique issues at a particular location and for the specific union involved.
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. 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.
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.