Labor Relations

Labor Relations

Regardless of whether your workforce is unionized, labor laws affect your relationship with your employees. For employers without a unionized workforce, Employers Council is here to help you understand what you can legally say and do to avoid unfair labor practice charges from the National Labor Relations Board. For our members and clients whose workforces are unionized, Employers Council is here to help. We offer the services of a traditional law firm, but at rates you won’t find anywhere else. With Employers Council, our clients receive detailed advice and representation on all labor-relations matters, from contract negotiations, to unfair labor practice charges, to arbitrations.

Advice and Counsel for Unionized and Non-Union Employers

Employers Council helps non-union employers with all aspects of navigating the complex practice area of Labor Law. Some of our services include:
  • Union avoidance training and consulting
  • Crafting responses to union organizing drives, including anti-union campaigns aimed at preserving union-free status
  • Union election consulting and advice
  • Representation before the National Labor Relations Board on unfair labor practice charges, election challenges, and other dispute resolution
For our clients who are unionized, Employers Council can help with day-to-day labor support, including:
  • Contract administration, interpretation, and union management
  • Collective bargaining agreement reviews to determine at-risk language
  • Training on how to manage in a unionized environment
  • Understanding your collective bargaining agreement
  • Just cause discipline and terminations
  • Advice on lay-offs, progressive discipline, termination, and just cause
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Representation before the NLRB on unfair labor practice charges and other disputes
  • Consulting on labor unrest
  • Advice on grievances and representation at arbitrations or alternative dispute resolution

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Our Labor Relations Services

  • Advice and Counsel from a Labor Attorney
  • Contract Bargaining
  • Unfair Labor Practice Charges
  • Grievances and Arbitrations
  • Union Avoidance
  • Manager Training
Labor Relations FAQs
We hired a new employee who is trying to organize the employees — what can we do?

Be very careful. Union “salts” are paid union employees who are hired to infiltrate union-free organizations. If you unjustly terminate or discipline a potential union salt, you are at risk of an unfair labor practice charge, which can also impact a union election. Call a Labor Attorney before taking any action against a potential union salt.

Employees at our union-free workplace seem unhappy, and morale is low. There is no discussion of unionization, but we want to reach out to them. What can we legally say to our employees in addressing concerns?

Once a union is at your door, you are more constrained in what you can and can’t say to employees about addressing grievances, fixing issues, etc. The Labor Relations attorneys at Employers Council can work with you both in training your supervisors and managers and consulting with you on how to best address employee unrest and increase your chances of remaining union-free.

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Employers Council offers a broad range of innovative training options to help your organization develop your employees. Employees can select classes from our catalog of offerings or contact us to learn more about tailoring our training programs for private group training designed to meet your specific business needs and priorities.

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Our handbook needed to be updated. We had done minor revisions over the years, but more policies than we needed crept into the handbook over time. I wanted to keep what was important and get rid of the rest. I sent my handbook to Employers Council and staff went through all of the policies to first let me know what could be eliminated, and what needed to change in order to bring it up to date. The best thing was that this is part of my full membership dues, so there was no charge for this. I send in my handbook every one or two years for a tune up, so it reflects current laws and stays streamlined.

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Employers Council is dedicated to helping HR professionals, executives, legal teams, and other professions across a broad array of employment law, compliance, and HR needs. We serve organizations of all sizes and all industries, and our membership options are designed to custom-fit your size and needs. We also provide a broad range of specialized legal services, training, coaching, and outsourced HR services to help your organization build an exceptional workplace.

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Founded over 80 years ago, Employers Council has a team of nearly 200 licensed attorneys, trainers, coaches and seasoned HR professionals on staff to help you get the most out of your membership, Our membership options give you choices and equip you with  easy and fast access to the resources you need to make informed business decisions.

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