Marilyn Pearson focuses her practice on traditional labor law under both the National Labor Relations Act and the Railway Labor Act. She counsels, represents and conducts training for clients on the full range of matters, from union campaigns to collective bargaining, and from strategic planning to contract interpretation and administration. Marilyn has successfully represented clients in hundreds of labor arbitration and mediation cases, and before the National Labor Relations Board and National Mediation Board. She has delivered favorable results in collective bargaining, including multiemployer negotiations and in restructuring pursuant to Sections 1113 and 1114 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Marilyn also has extensive experience advising clients on business transactions, including performing due diligence, drafting deal terms for labor and employment issues, employment contracts and separation agreements, and addressing changes in employment and reductions in force. She advises and trains clients on a broad range of employment issues, among them federal and state employment discrimination general employment issues, and investigations of employee misconduct, and has successfully defended employers facing whistleblower charges in the safety-sensitive industries.
Represented a Fortune 100 company in collective bargaining for an agreement covering 22,000 customer-facing employees, reaching an agreement and achieving terms favorable to business*
Advised 80 employers on the formation of a multi-employer association for collective bargaining—negotiated the first agreement, which resulted in substantial improvement for member employers, and provided ongoing representation in arbitration, labor negotiations, and litigation*
Advised a high-profile company on labor negotiations and strike preparation—represented the employer at the bargaining table, and provided counsel on strategy to achieve contract goals which allowed the employer to achieve a cost-neutral agreement*
Worked on the deal team for a multinational transaction with significant labor and employment issues, including many labor contracts—drafted the contract terms related to labor and employment, and developed the strategy for minimizing client risk*
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