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Briggs and Morgan provides clients with a full range of labor law services for employers. Our labor lawyers have decades of experience dealing with unions at the bargaining table, arbitrating and litigating labor disputes, defending employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), opposing union organizing efforts and providing supervisor training for labor related issues.

We have successfully represented clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, food processing, fabrication and foundries, electrical and gas utilities, electrical and low-voltage contracting, printing, construction, financial services, health care, hotel and hospitality, communications and transportation.

Within the private and public sector, Briggs and Morgan’s labor lawyers provide the following services for management:

  • Collective bargaining and contract administration;
  • Labor arbitrations and grievances;
  • Defense of unfair labor practice charges before the NLRB and courts;
  • Union avoidance plans and union election work;
  • Supervisor training;
  • Representing management in other NLRB proceedings and litigation;
  • Strike preparation, picketing, and related matters including injunctive proceedings;
  • Labor litigation in federal and state courts under sections 301 and 303 of LMRA;
  • Labor issues in mergers and acquisitions;
  • Labor issues in relocations and plant closures;
  • Railway Labor Act matters;
  • Negotiating withdrawal from underfunded multi-employer pension plans, and
  • Responding to unlawful secondary picketing and corporate campaigns by unions.

Representative Matters

  • Advised clients with respect to collective bargaining agreements. Briggs and Morgan represented numerous industries in negotiations with various unions for collective bargaining agreements.
  • Handled numerous arbitrations arising out of disputes between employers and unions and their members involving the application of collective bargaining agreements.
  • Negotiated labor agreement on behalf of mid-sized lawn and garden supplier for a new contract involving over 200 employees.
  • Provided extensive guidance to food packaging company on acquisition and integration of a unionized business into its existing operation.
  • Represented electric and gas utility in a labor arbitration concerning the termination of an employee for misconduct.
  • Represented employer with over 1,000 employees during union petition and election. Union withdrew petition prior to election date and successfully defended employer against unfair labor practice charges stemming from union campaign.
  • Represented Foundry in lockout of union employees lasting more than a year and successfully represented Foundry in getting unfair labor practice charges dismissed before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • Represented hospital in union contract negotiations with union covering nursing employees.
  • Represented large manufacturer in winning a union election against the steelworkers involving almost 700 employees in which the employer won by a greater than a 2 to 1 margin.
  • Represented manufacturing company against union organization attempt and union withdrew petition prior to election date. Also successfully defended employer against unfair labor practice charges arising from union organizing activity.
  • Represented mid-size manufacturer in union negotiations for client in the building industry.
  • Represented outstate hospital in union contract negotiations with nurses union and with union of non-professional employees.
  • Represented small manufacturer in union contract negotiations.
  • Vacated a labor arbitration award reinstating an employee who had been terminated. Decision affirmed by the Eighth Circuit.

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