When clients make a panicked call to Husch Blackwell’s Labor & Management Relations team, they know the attorneys on the other end are equipped to respond swiftly and decisively across all industries. We’re ready to respond within 24 hours at the first hint of union organizing - with boots on the ground, if necessary. We counsel upper management on do’s and don’ts, script speeches and answer FAQs. We understand that union organizing campaigns are often ahead of management, so time is of the essence.
A proactive approach, coupled with management training and union avoidance techniques, results in proven union avoidance and positive employee relations for our clients. Our established program has effectively defeated even the most aggressive union campaigns.
In this technology-driven age, the internet and social media play a more prominent part in management and labor relations. Unions and employees use Facebook and other platforms to garner support and air grievances, which can cause employers distress. Husch Blackwell’s attorneys routinely advise on social media, an area of law commonly lagging behind, to help you navigate this technological minefield so that your company is protected.
For our clients with established relationships, we provide strategy and support throughout the collective-bargaining process and have negotiated hundreds of collective-bargaining agreements. And when this process breaks down, we assist in the defense of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) allegations and strike preparation, including obtaining injunctive relief in state and federal court.
Our team also understands that union issues aren’t the only thing on employers’ minds. From reviewing current employee policies to counseling on pension rights, we’re equipped and experienced to help. If you are reorganizing, buying, selling or consolidating your business, or reducing your workforce, our attorneys partner with our Corporate team to give you the skillful preparation and insight you need.