We represent employers of unionized workforces in both the private and public sectors. Our services include negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unit representatives as well as providing advice on the administration of those agreements during their terms. In the private sector, we guide management through its labor relations in compliance with the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), while advising public sector employers regarding the Connecticut’s Municipal Employees Relations Act (MERA) as well as other labor laws specific to certain industries (the Teachers Negotiations Act in the public education sector is one example). When disputes arise, we work to settle them, whether informally or through mediation, and when necessary, will prosecute, defend, or arbitrate grievances, unfair labor practice charges, and prohibited practice complaints as necessary to achieve resolution.

In sum, we provide a full range of labor relations services to our clients including:

  • Union contract analysis, interpretation, and enforcement
  • Union contract negotiations
  • Discipline and discharge
  • Grievance management and defense
  • Grievance arbitration before private arbitrators, including those approved by the American Arbitration Association, and the Connecticut State Board of Mediation and Arbitration (CSBMA)
  • Interest arbitration proceedings before the CSBMA
  • Prosecution and defense of representation challenges and unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
  • Prosecution and defense of prohibited practice complaints before the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations (CSBLR)
  • Union avoidance and elections
  • Other general labor relations services