Winterbauer & Diamond PLLC provides the full range of industrial relations and traditional labor law services for public and private sector employers across nearly all industries in Seattle, throughout Washington, and across the Pacific Northwest. For example, our services include counseling and representation in connection with preemption issues, employee solicitation and distribution rules, non-employee access to private employer property, rules governing the display of union insignia, union organizing and recognition, collective bargaining, labor contract administration and interpretation, prevailing wage issues, unfair labor practice charges before the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Commission, grievance administration and arbitration, and the labor implications of corporate restructuring, plant closures, mass layoffs and other reductions in force, and mergers and acquisitions. We also advise employers regarding the application of traditional labor principles to the non-union workforce.
We counsel and represent employers through union organizing drives, representation elections and decertification proceedings.
We represent employers in contract negotiations and have substantial expertise and experience formulating bargaining strategy, analyzing union proposals, developing and supporting counter-proposals, drafting contract provisions, identifying and presenting comparables, and otherwise participating directly and indirectly in the negotiation process. We also provide advice on preparing for and responding to strikes, boycotts, picketing and the like, and provide representation in unit clarification proceedings and other bargaining-related charges before the National Labor Relations Board and the Public Employment Relations Commission. In the context of certain types of public employment, we represent employers in interest arbitrations once contract negotiations reach impasse. We are well-versed in the bargaining-related strictures of the National Labor Relations Act (also referred to as the Wagner Act), the Labor Management Relations Act (also known as the Taft-Hartley Act), the Landrum-Griffin Act, the Public Employment Collective Bargaining Act, and the federal Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932 and its Washington state counterpart, the so-called Little Norris-LaGuardia Act, RCW 49.32.020. Our labor relations lawyers offer a unique blend of skills and knowledge as counselors, advocates and negotiators.
Unfair Labor Practice Charges
We regularly counsel employers regarding the post-negotiation application of the many laws that govern labor-management relations, including the statutes identified above. Once a contract is in place, we counsel employers regarding the interpretation and application of its terms and represent employers in the administration of related grievances, including arbitration hearings. Complying with these provisions is not always a straightforward matter. Several decades of legislative amendments, regulations, and court cases have simplified and clarified these laws in some ways, while complicating and confusing them in others. We also represent employers in prosecuting and defending unfair labor practice charges at both the state and the federal level.