Issues in the labor relations realm can take various forms – perhaps the union contract governing your employees is about to expire or a union has begun organizing in one of your warehouses or factories; you are considering a merger or acquisition and workers in the two companies are represented by different unions, or one has a union and the other does not; you are faced with the prospect of negotiating a project labor agreement, and aren’t sure what the consequences of entering into that agreement will be. In these situations, the St. Louis labor relations lawyers from Beckemeier LeMoine Law are here to help. Our team of skilled and experienced labor relations attorneys, with years of experience representing clients before the National Labor Relations Board, stand ready to help you navigate through these negotiations with realistic goals and strategies.
Beckemeier LeMoine Law clients rely on our labor relations attorneys to:
- Defend management decisions in union arbitrations
- Advise management regarding lawful practices during union organizing efforts
- Interpret union contracts
- Minimize the impact of union strikes and picketing, and ensure that any such union activity takes place within the limits of the law
- Negotiate project labor agreements
- Negotiate with unions in collective bargaining
- Represent employers before the National Labor Relations Board on matters such as representation elections and unfair labor practice charges
Our labor relations team will work with your executive leadership to develop ways to anticipate union activity and address labor issues in your long-term strategic planning. We have represented private sector, non-profit, and government employers in all aspects of labor-management relations. Our attorneys offer advice on mergers, acquisitions, and reorganizations as these opportunities affect labor and existing union contracts. Our experience includes grievance-arbitration proceedings (disciplinary, discharge, or contract interpretation) and contract negotiations.
Organizing Activities by Unions
When facing union organizing efforts at your company, the St. Louis labor relations attorneys at Beckemeier LeMoine Law are available to assist management to ensure that their actions and communications during an organizing campaign are lawful.
Whether negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions or defending management decisions before the National Labor Relations Board, the St. Louis labor relations lawyers at Beckemeier LeMoine Law are skilled at finding solutions to help our corporate clients maintain effective relationships with their workers while advancing important corporate goals.
Managing Labor Disputes
Labor disputes can be disruptive, and can have a long-lasting impact on the culture and efficiency of your company. You want skilled tactical and strategic representation that includes all aspects of labor disputes: picketing, secondary boycotts, economic strikes, sympathy strikes, as well as managing public relations. At Beckemeier LeMoine Law, our labor relations attorneys have advised business clients through arbitrations, mediations, and hearings involving injunctions, unfair labor practices, and all things labor related.
Beckemeier LeMoine Law will defend your company’s management decisions, including terminations and disciplinary actions, subcontracting, implementing work rules, and effecting new or revised methods of operation.
The range of federal laws and agencies governing labor relations requires adept legal knowledge and experience, and our attorneys will help you manage and operate workplaces that conform to statutory requirements. Currently, federal statutes that impact labor include:
- National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
- Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA)
- Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA) – Taft-Hartley Act
- Davis Bacon and state prevailing wage statutes
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
- Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII)
- Whistleblower statutes
- Worker Adjustment Relocation and Notification Act (WARN)
As economic, labor, and regulatory conditions change, your management team often needs labor compliance counseling to make strategic decisions within the confines of regulations and existing collective bargaining agreements. We offer advice regarding:
- Discrimination laws
- Down-sizing staffing and locations
- Leaves of absence
- Wage and hour
- Workplace safety
Whenever management needs to make decisions within the context of labor relations, our St. Louis labor relations lawyers are here to advise you.
Keeping Management Informed
Regulatory changes require timely analysis and implementation. Our St. Louis labor relations attorneys are available to advise, train, and supervise new best practices to ensure compliance.
Whether facing unionizing efforts, negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, defending management decisions, or preparing for a looming labor strike, the attorneys at Beckemeier LeMoine Law are here to guide you through this complex and often turbulent time. We are also here to advise you on how to develop policies and practices that comply with all relevant state and federal regulations and have the tools and experience to devise strategies that benefit your company and further your goals.
Are you ready to discuss your labor relations? At Beckemeier LeMoine Law, we have a rich history of experience providing trusted counsel to help our clients solve their labor management issues. If you need legal assistance, contact us online or call us at 314-965-2277.