Labor Relations Law

Phillips Lytle’s labor relations attorneys work with clients to forge productive relationships with organized labor while protecting our clients’ rights.

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Representing Employers of All Sizes

Phillips Lytle’s labor relations attorneys work with clients to forge productive relationships with organized labor while protecting our clients’ rights. We have long represented employers of all sizes in their dealings with unions and unionized workforces.

Our experience includes union avoidance training and counseling, management of union organizing attempts and corporate campaigns, appearances before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and state labor relations boards in representation and cases of unfair labor practices, strike and picketing preparation plans, collective bargaining and union negotiations, advice on administration of contracts and handling of grievances, labor arbitrations, unit clarification and decertification, and withdrawal of union recognition. We also provide advice to employers in acquisitions, mergers and other change in control scenarios by reviewing collective bargaining agreements and addressing the implications of resulting facility restructuring or reductions in force.

Our labor relations law experience has involved the following unions: International Union of Operating Engineers, Laborers’, Teamsters, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, United Steelworkers, Boilermakers, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Service Employees International Union, Civil Service Employees Association, Communications Workers of America, UNITE HERE and other labor organizations.

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Labor Relations Law Guidance for Employers and Businesses

Our Labor Relations Law attorneys conduct managerial training on union awareness and organizing for a variety of clients, including manufacturers, medical groups, colleges and universities, and food producers. These training sessions have included human resources representatives, supervisors, middle managers and directors. Our Labor Relations Law Team strives to provide organizations with the proper guidance and information to avoid a labor dispute and to navigate collective bargaining in applicable situations.

Union Awareness Training for Employers
  • We regularly host labor and employment seminars throughout the year. Past topics have included updates on proposed federal legislation, NLRB rules regarding expedited election procedures, recent NLRB decisions regarding social media and email usage, and other potential concerted activities with implications for both unionized and non-unionized employers.
  • Conducted business partner training for a major university regarding unionization and concerted activity.
  • Conducted union awareness and manager trainings regarding potential union organization efforts.
Experience Managing Labor Organizing
  • Train supervisory personnel regarding union awareness and advised employers regarding lawful communications to oppose union organizing drives.
  • Advise employers with respect to potential organizing campaigns.
  • Assist employers in defeating union organizing campaigns.
  • Assist employers in responding to union organizing activities.

Meet Our Labor Relations Law Team


Marc H. Goldberg Special Counsel
James R. Grasso Partner, General Counsel
Amanda L. Lowe Partner
Kevin J. Mulvehill Partner
Linda T. Prestegaard Partner
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