Goodin Meyer’s labor law practice is focused on representing employers with any and all union issues, including Union attacks. With 50 years of combined experience, Goodin Meyer’s attorneys have successfully represented management in all areas of labor-management disputes, including National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) proceedings, federal court, collective bargaining and labor arbitrations. Our focus is on representing employers confronted with labor law challenges such as unfair labor practice charges and/or union representation petitions. We provide experience and knowledgeable representation at cost effective rates. Goodin Meyer’s attorneys have successfully represented employers all across the Midwest in unfair labor practice cases and union representation petitions. They have served as lead negotiator in collective bargaining against many of the major unions, including the Teamsters, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the United Auto Workers (“UAW”), the Plumbers and Pipefitters, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (“IBEW”). They have successfully led decertification petitions against the Teamsters, International Union of Operating Engineers (“IUOE”) Local 150, the Plumbers and Pipefitters and the IBEW. Additionally, they also have extensive experience successfully representing management in labor arbitration litigation involving discipline and discharge, management rights, layoffs, benefits, subcontracting and arbitrability issues among others. John Meyer has been named as one of the top 100 labor law attorneys in the nation by the well renowned labor relations research firm Labor Relations Institute.
Management Labor Law Practice Areas
The attorneys at Goodin Meyer can provide experienced and knowledgeable representation for employer in the following areas:
- Defense of Unfair Labor Practice Charges
- Failure to Hire
- Interference with Protected Concerted Activity
- Failure to Bargain in Good Faith
- Representation Proceedings
- Legal Counsel for Management Campaigns
- Representation Hearings
- Unit Determination
- Objection Hearings
- Legal Assistance with Captive Audience Meetings
- Decertification Elections
- Collective Bargaining Negotiations
- Lead Negotiator; and/or
- Legal Advisor
- Labor Arbitration (including but not limited to the following issues)
- Discipline and Discharge matters
- Management Rights Disputes
- Arbitrability issues
If You are a Non-Union Employer & Want to Stay that Way
Many employers are caught by surprise when they receive an unfair labor practice charge from the NLRB or a representation petition informing them that a union is requesting to be recognized as the exclusive collective bargaining agent of their employees. Should this occur, you need experienced and tough labor counsel to defend your company and keep your company union free. Goodin Meyer offers the unique combination of experienced, tough and cost effective representation to combat union attacks on your company.
When You Receive Unfair Labor Practice Charges
Defense of unfair labor practice charges is an area of great experience at Goodin Meyer. You must understand that: the NLRB investigates and prosecutes unfair labor practice charges; the NLRB will almost immediately seek to put you and your supervisors under oath and request that you execute an affidavit that they draft. This is rarely in your best interest. The attorneys at Goodin Meyer are often able to dismiss or resolve unfair labor practice charges without a costly NLRB hearing by developing a detailed position statement defending your company against the charges filed by the union or an employee. Goodin Meyer has experience handling all types of unfair labor practice charges, including discharge cases, failure to hire cases (including union salting campaigns), Section 8(a)(1) charges, which include threats, surveillance, and interference with protective concerted activity, among others. We can also advise you regarding filing unfair labor practice charges against a union that is engaged in unlawful picketing and/or boycott activities or other violations of the National Labor Relations Act.
When a Union Seeks to Organize Your Employees
We understand that this is your business; you built it, and you want to keep it union free. Now more than ever, you need experienced and capable labor counsel to win representation elections. The NLRB has radically changed election procedures, accelerating the time frame from union petition to election day. The effect of these changes has dramatically increased the win percentage of unions in representation elections. Less time exists to present an effective management campaign that can persuasively disseminate management’s message to its employees about the benefits of staying union free and the detriments of inserting an outside third party between management and employees. The NLRB’s election rules and laws are a minefield of potential unfair labor practice violations and experienced labor counsel is an important tool to help you avoid costly ULP charges. The union has been working behind the scenes for many months to convince your employees to sign cards and vote for union representation. Important decisions such as whether the petitioned for unit is appropriate, who is a statutory supervisor, who should be put on the voting list and whether a pre-vote representation hearing should be sought, must be made in a short time frame. You need experienced counsel that can advise you on these matters and assist you in conducting a persuasive and winning management campaign. The attorneys at Goodin Meyer have successfully represented management in NLRB representation elections and management campaigns all across the Midwest. They have led management campaigns that have defeated many of the major unions including the Teamsters, the Steelworkers, the IUOE, Plumbers and Pipefitters, and the IBEW.
If You Have a Unionized Workforce – Collective Bargaining & Labor Arbitration
Goodin Meyer provides experienced and knowledgeable labor attorneys that can guide you through the intricacies of negotiating with a newly recognized or long-standing union. We can help protect your ability to run your company and save costs that may otherwise be unforeseen. We can help protect you from bad faith bargaining charges that often occur during initial collective bargaining negotiations. Unions often attempt to organize small open shop companies, especially in the building trades, with an intent to put them out of business by saddling them with an expensive standard agreement that the union negotiated with large union employers. These “organizing” efforts often include a plan by the union to file costly unfair labor practice charges. Goodin Meyer will help you negotiate with the union from a position of knowledge and strength. Your experience is in running your company; the union business agent’s daily job duties involve collective bargaining. Goodin Meyer attorneys have negotiated for newly organized employers in a wide spectrum of industries including the construction and building trades, manufacturing, sanitation, and the hotel industry. We have faced down many of the major unions engaged in predatory collective bargaining tactics, including the Teamsters, IBEW, IUOE, UNITE HERE, and the Plumbers and Pipefitters union. Our attorneys have negotiated across the Midwest for both newly organized employers and employers that have been unionized for many years. It has been our experience that the collective bargaining negotiations can enlighten the employees to the true intent of the union and lead to decertification efforts on the part of the employees.
The attorneys at Goodin Meyer also are able to provide cost effective representation for employers confronted with grievance and arbitration cases. Our attorneys have a successful track record representing employers in many different industries in labor arbitration hearings.