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    Locke Lord's Labor Practice encompasses the entire spectrum of issues that involve employer relations with unions. From planning union avoidance strategies through the handling of union representation elections, Locke Lord lawyers have helped dozens of employers remain union-free. And if the employees are represented by a union, Locke Lord lawyers have helped our clients negotiate the best possible deal—whether at the bargaining table or "behind the scenes," we help our client achieve its bargaining goals while avoiding any claim of an unfair labor practice. When Locke Lord has been engaged to handle unfair labor practice charges filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), our lawyers have a record of convincing the NLRB Regional Office to not issue a complaint or of securing a decision in the matter before the Administrative Law Judge for those cases in which a complaint was issued. Locke Lord lawyers also regularly advise clients on how to avoid and/or defend against union grievances, and we have handled hundreds of arbitrations with unions.

    Locke Lord has depth of experience involving labor unions. We have two lawyers who each have over 30 years of handling the full gamut of matters under the National Labor Relations Act and the Labor-Management Relations Act, one lawyer who has almost 20 years of such experience, and a number of other lawyers with 10 or more years of such experience.

    Fortunately, it is rare for any of our clients to have a strike. When a union does call a strike, however, our lawyers help the client prepare for and defeat the union's attempt to get more than the Company offered pre-strike. But strikes and lockouts should be the last resort. Locke Lord lawyers pride themselves on devising creative solutions to the battles that can occur between employers and unions in order to minimize disruption in the workplace and avoid being saddled with NLRB hearings, arbitrations or litigation that could not only cost tens of thousands of dollars, but could result in an outsider determining the employees' terms and conditions of employment. Instead, Locke Lord lawyers strive to ensure that our clients retain the right to manage their operations, and we have had great success in doing so.

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