Labor / Management Relations

Steptoe also has one of the nation’s most robust labor relations practices.  We represent employers who have union-represented employees in collective bargaining and support all their contract interpretation, grievance investigation, and arbitration needs.  We also provide comprehensive counseling, training, campaign, and litigation support to employers who do not have union-represented employees and prefer to maintain that status.  We have managed, consulted on, and won scores of union organizing campaigns, and have successfully defended numerous employers across the country against thousands of unfair labor practice allegations at the investigation stage, at trial, and on appeal.  Additionally, state legislators have called on the Steptoe team to help draft labor law legislation affecting union organizing and collective bargaining issues.

Steptoe’s labor lawyers have argued and won before the US Supreme Court, served as the management chair of the American Bar Associations’ only substantive labor law committee (The Committee on the Development of the Labor Law), edited the nation’s only comprehensive treatise on labor law, and served as national coordinating counsel for labor needs of some of the world’s largest employers.  Our lawyers have litigated over 2,000 unfair labor practice allegations and worked with every Region of the NLRB in the United States.

We advise employers on issues related to:

  • Enterprise-level solutions for remaining union-free
  • Union organizing campaigns/decertification campaigns
  • Business planning and union issues
  • Labor law litigation
  • Collective bargaining agreements and handling grievances

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Representative Matters

  • Served as campaign manager and labor litigators for a union organizing campaign in the aviation industry in the first campaign conducted under the NLRB’s expedited election rules.  Steptoe successfully expanded the petitioned-for-unit by 35% by persuading the Regional Director to add certain temp-to-hire employees.  As a result, the union withdrew its petition the day before the scheduled election.
  • Helped a seven-state regional restaurant-chain owner reorganize the business in the face of ongoing union recognition demands.
  • Counseled employers involved in picketing, handbilling, bannering, strike, strike-planning, property-access, law enforcement coordination, reserved-gate, customer boycott, tortious interference with contract, breach of contract, and defamation issues related to union organizing, area-standards messaging, and work stoppages.
  • On 12-hours’ notice, arrived on site and served as campaign manager and labor litigators in a recent organizing campaign in the food service industry that caught the employer completely off guard.  The Steptoe team created and coordinated the delivery of all campaign materials, expanded the union’s petitioned-for unit by nearly 40%, and gained three weeks of additional time to campaign.  The employer won the election.


  • Chambers USA, Labor & Employment (Arizona), 2007-2016

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