Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Rights
A labor relations attorney works with employers who have unionized employees to negotiate collective bargaining agreements on behalf of the employer.
At GCF, our labor arbitration attorneys also represent governmental units through the impasse resolution process. We also advise employers on their rights and obligations under contracts with a union, including the handling of grievance cases through various steps such as the trial of an arbitration case before a labor arbitrator.
Union negotiations are daunting and difficult. This is because there is often a high level of scrutiny around these decisions — any failure to come to a reasonable agreement can seriously harm the business and cause ramifications such as strikes, which can create a significant economic impact.
We work with the parties involved to help develop and set wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtime, grievance mechanisms, and other rights. Any resulting collective agreement serves as a labor contract between the employer and one or more unions, often referred to as a collective bargaining agreement or simply a collective agreement.
Collective bargaining is governed by complex federal and statutory laws, so when engaging in a negotiation, it is essential to contact a labor relations attorney with years of experience examining these types of disputes and engaging in such negotiations.
About Our Labor Arbitration Attorneys
Our labor relation attorneys have significant experience representing employers against unions and can work with all parties to advocate for our clients’ needs and come to resolutions about important and pressing union issues.
In some disputes, labor relations arbitration may be a practical alternative to litigation. In these procedures, the parties attend a formal hearing, which is overseen by a neutral third party arbitrator who then makes a decision that binds the parties. The arbitration agreement and subsequent decision are generally enforceable under federal and state law.
Our labor relations attorneys are your advocates, and we negotiate with your best interests at heart. If you need assistance in this field, contact us to learn how our years of experience can help us work with you to develop the best possible outcome of your labor relations dispute.