Our Labor and Employment Law team is comprised of the region’s most knowledgeable and well-respected group of labor relations attorneys. We can help you maintain your union-free status, or if you are already unionized, can efficiently and effectively negotiate your union contract in any industry. We have negotiated thousands of contracts in both private industry and the public sector and understand that every contract provision impacts your bottom line. Our attorneys will deliver to you the peace of mind associated with knowing your team negotiated the best, most cost-effective contract possible.
Washington Employers’ legal counsel represents employers in the process of negotiations between employers and unions representing employees. Services include bargaining initial labor agreements, economic "reopeners” and successor contract negotiations. Our lawyers learn about your business and bargaining goals at pre-negotiation strategy meetings and through independent research of industry economic standards.
Grievance Administration and Labor Arbitrations
One of the purposes of a collective bargaining agreement is to set forth a means to resolve disputes between employer and unionized employees. The common method for such dispute resolution is filing and processing of a grievance on issues such as discharge and discipline. Legal staff at Washington Employers assists unionized employers in responding to grievances. Labor Arbitration is a method of dispute resolution commonly provided for in collective bargaining agreements when grievances cannot be resolved. The legal staff at Washington Employers routinely represent employers in the arbitration process. This includes expert advice and counsel regarding selection of an appropriate arbitrator, conduct of the hearing, and post-hearing briefing.
Washington Employers’ attorneys represent member employers in defense of union charges of unfair labor practices before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and State Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC). We also represent employer interests in pre-election and election proceedings when a Union seeks to represent our members’ workforce.
Washington Employers’ attorneys provide advice to employers regarding labor law, union organizing of employees, and rights of employers in responding to union organizing. Washington Employers’ labor attorneys conduct union awareness training for management; one of the purposes of the training is to protect the employer from unfair labor practices by advising employers on the "do's and don'ts” of response to organizing, picketing and other labor activity in the workplace.
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