Labor-Management Relations


Employers rely on Michael Best’s labor lawyers for experienced counsel. We regularly provide services such as collective bargaining and grievance handling to clients with unionized employees. Our team members who assist clients in labor relations and negotiations are experienced in interest-based or mutual gains bargaining, and we draw on these techniques in collective bargaining and to resolve other labor issues.

We represent employers nationwide in matters such as:

  • Certification, decertification, and other matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and state labor relations agencies
  • Collective bargaining negotiations and mediation
  • Strike management
  • Grievances and arbitrations
  • Legal compliance training for managers and supervisors

Michael Best works with clients to maintain union-free status; to deal with union organizing; to help with union election campaigns; and to participate in the development of communication programs for employees and employers related to union matters.

Members of our Labor-Management Relations practice have formerly worked at the NLRB, giving us a valuable inside perspective. For clients facing potential labor actions, we can provide comprehensive strategies to help deter or minimize the negative economic and public relations impact of a strike.

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