Labor and Employment Disputes

In the complex world of labor and employment law, it’s not uncommon for disputes to arise. These conflicts, if not handled properly and efficiently, can hinder work production, deplete resources, damage company reputation, and impact the well-being of both employers and employees.

Labor disputes often include disagreement regarding fringe benefits, tenure, wages, conditions of employment, hours, and organizational procedures. Barton attorneys represent a variety of employers (both unionized and non-unionized) during labor disputes and/or the collective bargaining process, with the goal of minimizing financial exposure and avoiding costly strikes or lockouts. We have extensive experience liaising between companies and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Employment issues can encompass minimum wage requirements, overtime pay, employee classification, family/disability leave, harassment, discrimination, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and more. There is a litany of laws and regulations governing the employer-employee relationship and compliance with all of them is critical. Barton conducts its own internal investigations when needed and helps guide employers through the negotiation, grievance resolution, arbitration, or litigation processes as necessary. We work to achieve favorable solutions as quickly as possible while also ensuring our clients remain compliant under local, state, and federal law. Our attorneys also offer “risk reviews” as well as training to administrators and employees alike to help reduce the likelihood that disputes will arise in the future.

Work in this Area

Labor and Employment Disputes

Representative Matters
  • Chief Spokesperson in Successful Labor Negotiations
    • Represented a major entertainment company by acting as chief spokesperson in labor negotiations throughout the nation. Over a 17-year period, Barton was successful in reducing the total number of collective bargaining agreements from over 60 to 0.
  • Combatted 100+ Union Organizing Drives
    • Represented another large communications company (with locations in 40 states) against over 100 union organizing drives over a 10-year period. In the only 2 locations where the union was successful, both were decertified within 2 years.
  • Defeated Six NLRB Petitions
    • Represented a company undergoing a state-wide union organizing attempt. Of the six NLRB petitions that progressed to a government supervised election in one year, all six elections were won by the Company.
  • Decertified 50+ Collective Bargaining Units
    • Represented a nation-wide communications company (with locations in all states and Puerto Rico) by coordinating and conducting labor negotiations, successfully obtaining consistent labor contracts that maintained maximum management rights and efficiencies. Over a 15-year period, the Barton team oversaw the decertification of over 50 collective bargaining units.
  • Reduced Overall Costs of Labor in Negotiations
    • Represented a large entertainment company by acting as chief spokesperson in labor negotiations. Was able, in every negotiation, to reduce the overall costs of labor covered by the relevant collective bargaining agreements.
  • Defeated State-Wide Union Organizing Attempt
    • Represented a company undergoing a state-wide union organizing attempt in the mid-west. After 15 months, the union was not successful in gaining enough support in a single location to file an election petition with the NLRB and, eventually, they walked away.