Employers with union issues are represented by Schwabe.
Schwabe lawyers help clients navigate the most contentious union issues, engaging in vigorous prosecution and defense when called for and using collaborative techniques when possible to establish productive labor relations.
Insight through experience
We counsel employers through the full scope of issues related to organized labor: union organizing activities, representation elections, arbitrations, and lawsuits. Our attorneys have served as chief negotiators in numerous collective bargaining agreements from beginning to end. In addition, we have handled numerous arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board matters, including the defense and prosecution of various unfair labor practices.
Our diverse experience informs our counsel; we understand our clients’ business needs and craft creative labor and litigation strategies in an effort to resolve even the most contentious labor disputes quickly and favorably.
In the vanguard
Schwabe’s labor team is known for ingenuity. Our lawyers were honored by a national organization for their innovative and successful representation of employers in union disputes. In addition, we have been at the forefront in representing a nonunion construction association whose members were victims of discrimination and job site unrest at the hands of unions. Embracing an aggressive strategy, we have joined together labor and antitrust laws in vigorous representation of clients with labor issues in the maritime, construction, and manufacturing industries.
Success in union battles
We have been successful in obtaining injunctions, contempt orders, and favorable jurisdictional and secondary boycott rulings to protect victims of unlawful union tactics.
- Served as lead legal team for ICTSI Oregon, Inc., in a contentious and highly publicized labor dispute at the Port of Portland with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.
- Represented maritime clients regarding highly contentious labor disputes with the longshoremen’s union, which have involved several administrative hearings, lawsuits, and appeals to both the Ninth Circuit and D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
- Obtained dismissal of OSHA citations related to the use of fall protection and negotiated resolution of citations related to lockout/tagout procedures.
- Strike planning, preparation of plans to weather a strike, and negotiating the end to strikes.
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