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UNION AVOIDANCE

Our traditional labor lawyers have a focused practice in union avoidance. For example, we have defeated union organizing drives at manufacturing facilities, each with more than 1,000 hourly employees in Arkansas; at an agricultural production facility in Hawaii with 500 workers; at a silicone wafer manufacturing plant in Missouri with 700 employees; and at a chemical plant with more than 800 employees in Florida. We have also handled a number of decertification and deauthorization elections for clients throughout the United States and most recently in Chicago, Illinois; Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; and Dallas, Texas.

With the current administration’s pursuit of the Employee Free Choice Act, it is critical that employers wishing to remain union-free adopt policies and conduct training sessions designed to avoid a union campaign before one begins. In recent years, we have developed and presented such programs in Washington, D.C.; Greenville, South Carolina; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Houston, Texas; and Chicago, Illinois.

Publications

Texas overtime ruling directly affects California employers

U.S. Department of Labor issues final rule updating overtime regulations

National Labor Relations Board tosses more than 30 years of precedent in joint employer inquiry – other agencies to follow?

NLRB wishes employers a not-so-happy new year - Issues new election rules and overrules register guard

Time crunch: OSHA shortens reporting deadlines for workplace injuries

What does the Noel Canning decision mean for you?

Fifth Circuit overturns NLRB decision on class and collective action waivers

Illinois employers face decision as appellate court limits offer of at-will employment as consideration for competition restrictions

NLRB posting requirement struck down by court; federal contractors still on the hook

President Obama's NLRB recess appointments ruled unconstitutional by federal appeals court

Federal district court rules NLRB too “quick” in voting

NLRB posting requirement upheld by court

NLRB mandates posting notice of employee rights

Blog Posts

NLRB issues two key decisions affecting higher ed

TCLE

Traffic Ahead: California Employment Law Update

Caught in the Middle: NLRB Organizing Issues

News

Art Silbergeld named one of the top employment lawyers in California

25 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2016 Chambers USA

Employment litigator Arthur Silbergeld joins Thompson Coburn in Los Angeles

27 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2015 Chambers USA

Congratulations to our 15 St. Louis ‘Lawyers of the Year’

112 Thompson Coburn attorneys featured in 2015 Best Lawyers list

Cliff Godiner, Chuck Poplstein named to 2014 ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’ list

29 Thompson Coburn attorneys recognized in 2014 Chambers USA

Detroit’s bankruptcy: What’s it got to do with St. Louis?

David Warfield writes article on Detroit bankruptcy for St. Louis Business Journal

Four partners named 2013 Up & Coming attorneys

Cliff Godiner, Chuck Poplstein named to ‘Most Powerful Employment Attorneys’ list

St. Louis judge backs Thompson Coburn-designed firefighter pension overhaul

Cliff Godiner, Hope Abramov to dissect a modern labor dispute at SHRM annual conference

Thompson Coburn wins union election, decertifies longtime union facility

19 Thompson Coburn partners named 2013 St. Louis Lawyers of the Year

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St. Louis
314 552 6496

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor and employment practice is bolstered by her experiences as an in-house attorney for more than ...

A partner in the Labor and Employment practice area, Hope's extensive labor...

Hope Abramov
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6928

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation's largest transit systems.

Over the past 30 years, Tony has been a legal advisor to many of the nation...

Tony Anderson
Partner
Chicago
312 580 2218

Mike represents management clients in a wide variety of labor and employment matters and related litigation.

Mike represents management clients in a wide variety of labor and employmen...

Mike Duffee
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6433

Cliff is a nationally recognized labor and employment attorney who advises executives and HR leaders on all aspects of employment litigation and labor disputes.

Cliff is a nationally recognized labor and employment attorney who advises ...

Cliff Godiner
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6095

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor to private and public sector employers across a wide spectrum of industries.

Chuck is a creative and highly efficient employment litigator and advisor t...

Chuck Poplstein
Associate
St. Louis
314 552 6577

Cody represents employers in various aspects of employment litigation and labor law.

Cody represents employers in various aspects of employment litigation and l...

Cody Reinberg
Partner
St. Louis
314 552 6432

Tim provides practical, in-depth counsel to management during two of the most critical junctures in the employer-employee relationship: union organizing and employee term...

Tim provides practical, in-depth counsel to management during two of the mo...

Tim Sarsfield
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Los Angeles
310 282 9412

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor relations matters.

Art represents employers in high-stakes employment litigation and labor rel...

Art Silbergeld
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6924

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of issues from funding to project development to procurement.

Jane serves as counsel to transit agencies across the country on a range of...

Jane Sutter Starke
Partner
Washington, D.C.
202 585 6925

Kent is Chair of the firm's Public Transit group.

Kent is Chair of the firm's Public Transit group.

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