Practice Areas

Labor Relations

Our vast experience with unions across all industries and sectors makes our lawyers invaluable in organizing campaigns and negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements and holding union demonstrations. We provide counsel during employer reorganizations and relocations. Our advocacy on behalf of client goals in conjunction with our refined skill set is why unions regularly turn to us for labor relations advice.

Union Organizing

We have deep knowledge of the issues unions confront in designing and implementing widespread, and individual organizing drives.

Collective Bargaining

We regularly represent large and small public and private bargaining units in negotiating all types of agreements including initial, successor, concession and relocation agreements.

Plant Relocations and Employer Reorganizations

We are experienced and uniquely skilled at enforcing collective bargaining agreements and union recognition during attempts to avoid obligations through mergers, sales, relocations, and other organizational changes.

Union Demonstrations

We routinely assist our clients in achieving their goals with candid and practical advice regarding the decision-making and implementation of strikes, picketing, boycotts, and handbillings.

Awards

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Who’s Who Legal Awards

Charter Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Former Chairs of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section

New York Super Lawyers

Former Chairs of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section

Former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee

AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Practice Highlights

  • Successfully litigated a high-profile plant relocation case whereby millions of dollars of back pay were collected and the union was awarded recognition at the relocated workplace.
  • In a uniquely favorable result, the court directed an employer to pay the union’s attorneys’ fees after we successfully enforced, through litigation, an arbitrator’s award in favor of the union.
  • Successfully litigated numerous cases to either stop double-breasted operations or secure favorable long-term union contracts to limit double-breasting.
  • Obtained an NLRB decision barring the merger of a subsidiary’s longstanding union pension plan into the multi-national parent’s non-collectively bargained pension plan.
  • Obtained summary judgment, on behalf of a large state-wide labor union, dismissing a class action that sought substantial damages for alleged violations of the duty of fair representation and ERISA in connection with pension benefits.
  • Successfully litigated NLRB Section 10(j) injunction cases. In one instance we obtained an order barring a plant relocation within the United States. In another, we obtained an order requiring recognition of the union and application of the labor contract by a successor employer at a relocated workplace.