Union elections and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) investigations are spiking and are at historic levels. Labor unions are deploying new tactics to challenge business plans and brand reputations for unionized and non-unionized companies across industries.
McDermott’s next-gen, diverse labor team advises and represents clients across the United States and Europe. We serve as trusted counsel in high-stakes matters, including union elections; collective bargaining; NLRB investigations, trials and appeals; labor arbitrations; and legislative drafting. We regularly advise investors and corporations on strategic labor issues in transactions, integrations and reorganizations.
We provide cross-disciplinary advising and work seamlessly with our leading McDermott partners in employee benefits, antitrust, tax, corporate and healthcare practices, among others. Our team’s approach to labor representation is strategic, business-focused and swift.
Represented a media company in collective bargaining agreement negotiations and prevailed over unfair labor practice claims challenging return-to-work plans
Represented a technology company facing a nationwide union campaign and election where employees decided to reject union representation
Represented a media company in a nationwide union campaign and election where employees decided to reject union representation
Advised a German automaker on remuneration schemes for employees’ representatives
Advised a Swiss construction services company with locations around Europe and Germany on the potential implications of establishing a co-determined supervisory board
Represented a media company in reaching effects bargaining agreements over multiple layoffs
Represented a technology company in successfully resolving NLRB litigation challenging terminations and workplace resource groups
Represented a national technology retailer in several NLRB litigation matters involving cutting-edge issues related to workplace activism, social justice movement, pay equity and electronic communication systems technology
Negotiated one of the first major technology company collective bargaining agreements, securing strong management rights and prevailing over unfair labor practice charges
Advised an on-demand streaming service on pending union-backed California legislation seeking prohibition on exclusivity provisions in actor contracts, including available preemption challenges under federal labor law
Defended a television and movie production company in a COVID-19 driven wage-and-hour lawsuit involving union and non-union members
Counseled major studios and streamers on labor issues involving SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, Teamsters and local production guilds on matters related to collective bargaining provisions and a variety of production-specific labor issues; represents clients before the NLRB, as well as in court