Labor Management Relations

Schuyler, Roche & Crisham's attorneys have decades of experience representing employers with unionized workforces.  Labor laws are complex, often not intuitive, and affect many more aspects of the employment relationship than an employer sometimes realizes. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham has unmatched labor relations experience. Whenever we work with union-free employers, our attorneys take special care to develop preventative and proactive policies to avoid union organizing efforts before they begin. Once unions begin their organizing efforts, we have helped many employers resist organizing efforts in the workplace and have been extremely successful in keeping many organizations union-free. 

Schuyler, Roche & Crisham knows that one size fits all solutions do not work in labor relations.  Our attorneys have negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements. In diverse industries ranging from transportation to nursing, our attorneys have experience dealing with virtually every major labor organization in the nation. We understand that approaches to labor relations need to be as varied and individualized as the industries that our clients occupy, and we take great care getting to know the particular issues that our clients face. 

We have particular expertise representing public sector employers in labor relations matters and have handled many high stakes interest arbitration proceedings.

Our attorneys also regularly assist employers in interpreting collective bargaining agreements. When disputes arise, Schuyler, Roche & Crisham's attorneys have had unmatched success representing employers in grievance arbitration proceedings. Clients turn to the labor attorneys at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham to handle their most important and complex labor arbitrations.    

Schuyler, Roche & Crisham regularly represents clients before the National Labor Relations Board and Illinois Labor Relations Board, defending and prosecuting unfair labor practice charges. We counsel clients through labor disputes such as strikes and picketing and have represented clients in lawsuits against labor unions.

Union Avoidance

The potential for union organization is a frightening thought for many employers. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham knows that the best way to defeat a union organizing effort is to avoid organizing campaigns before they begin. Through decades of practical experience and hard earned knowledge, we understand how unions organize employees, as well as what motivates employees to turn to unions. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham works with clients to implement preventative measures within the framework of the law.

Union Organizing Drives

When faced with a union organizing drive, an employer needs skilled and experienced counsel. An employer must navigate the myriad rules and regulations affecting the employer's response to such union activity, and the potential consequences to an employer from a union organizing drive are too great to entrust representation to a firm without significant experience in this area.  We regularly assist employers or their consultant in explaining to the employees the reasons a union is not the correct choice for them. In addition, we have successfully represented employers at representational hearings before the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Labor Relations Board.

Collective Bargaining

Schuyler, Roche & Crisham's expertise in collective bargaining is second to none. Our attorneys have negotiated collective bargaining agreements with virtually every major union in the country.  We know the importance of success at the bargaining table to our client's bottom line, and we take pride in finding solutions to our clients' biggest problems.  Employers regularly turn to us to act as their chief spokesperson at the bargaining table, and we often are called upon to represent our clients in negotiations with their largest and most important bargaining units.  We also are asked to resolve collective bargaining negotiations after other firms have failed to reach an agreement. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham prides itself on being able to provide practical solutions to an oftentimes, difficult process.

Our attorneys know that collective bargaining negotiations only are successful as the preparations that are put into them.  We guide employers from the planning stages to the ultimate implementation of a collective bargaining agreement.  Our work in high stakes and high profile collective bargaining negotiations makes us particularly skilled at helping clients respond to various types of pressures that a union can impose such as corporate campaigns, adverse publicity, involvement of national, state and local politicians, hand billing, picketing and strikes.

We regularly represent employers in interest arbitration proceedings.  Interest arbitration is one of the most important proceedings to which an employer can be a party because an arbitrator has the power to impose terms and conditions of employment on an employer that will affect the employer for many years.  Our attorneys take great pride in their expertise in these complex proceedings and the excellent results they have achieved for clients. 

Strikes, Picketing and Boycotts

Strikes, picketing and boycotts demand prompt response by an employer. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham's attorneys understand the challenges, rules and regulations pertaining to strikes, picketing and boycotts. We have successfully pursued injunctive proceedings in court for the prevention of mass picketing, violence, or illegal work stoppage, as well as unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. 

Union Arbitrations

Employers with unionized workforces know that labor arbitration can be as or more important than negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement, and Schuyler, Roche & Crisham's attorneys know the importance of labor arbitration to administering a collective bargaining agreement. For employers with a unionized workforce, labor arbitration often has consequences that far exceed those of any civil litigation. Labor arbitration often sets an important precedent as to the meaning of language in a collective bargaining agreement, and an adverse arbitration award can be costly to an employer both at the time of the award and long into the future. Clients often turn to our attorneys for the most significant labor arbitrations. We have handled many high profile, high-stakes arbitrations with thousands of jobs and millions of dollars hanging in the balance.  Our extensive experience negotiating collective bargaining agreements gives us unique insight into the manner in which cases ranging from basic discipline to complex contract interpretation need to be handled.  

Prevailing Wage Compliance and Disputes

Schuyler, Roche & Crisham has decades of experience assisting clients in navigating the various prevailing wage requirements on public works construction projects. Our attorneys regularly represent clients in the construction industry and have represented a number of construction industry multiemployer bargaining associations. We have effectively handled matters that span the gamut of challenges, including compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations, as well as the resolution of disputes arising there under. 

Unfair Labor Practice Charges

Schuyler, Roche & Crisham regularly represents employers in unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Our attorneys have represented employers at every stage of the unfair labor practice process from charge through appeal in federal and state courts. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham’s attorneys have had particular success persuading the NLRB and ILRB not to issue complaints against our clients through the use of effective position statements and responses to the early stages of investigation. 

If the NLRB or ILRB decide to issue an unfair labor practice complaint, our attorneys know how to effectively navigate both Boards' rules and procedures to prepare for trial, and we have extensive experience in the trial of unfair labor practice charges. Schuyler, Roche & Crisham’s attorneys also have had tremendous success handling appeals of administrative law judges' decisions both within administrative agencies and in state and federal courts.

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