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Labor Relations

Labor relations has been a focus of Constangy since our founding in 1946. And while the role of labor unions in today’s workplace is greatly diminished from its 20th century heyday, unions remain a strong voice in many industries, and today’s unions have become more innovative and aggressive in promoting membership.

Before there was “employment law,” our attorneys were advising management with respect to the many counterintuitive legal rules developed under the National Labor Relations Act. We honed our skills in the textile industry in the 1950s and 1960s. Today, our attorneys practicing in this area of law now work in virtually every industry, and come to the firm from positions with the National Labor Relations Board and the United States Department of Labor, or have extensive labor relations experience as private practitioners.

We can also help you realistically assess the employee-relations atmosphere in your workplace environment. And we can help you build and foster the kind of workplace environment in which a union is irrelevant.

What Sets Us Apart

We know it doesn't always pay to be the proverbial bull in the china shop. Even as we advise management on union organizing drives and decertification efforts, we have maintained professional relationships with the unions. We are not known as “union busters” – nor do we want to be. The firm has particular strength in collective bargaining and negotiation experience. We take pride in knowing the subtle differences, like when to be tough – and we can be extremely tough – and knowing when a non-adversarial approach is in the best interests of clients.

What We Do
  • Union avoidance campaigns
  • Negotiation and drafting of labor contracts,
  • Decertification efforts
  • Arbitrations
  • Defense of unfair labor practice charges
  • NLRB litigation
  • Pre-election bargaining unit hearings
  • Related federal and state-court litigation

With respect to providing collective bargaining expertise, Constangy, Brooks & Smith has experience in negotiations with numerous unions at the national and local levels, including:

  • American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Coastal Florida Police Benevolent Association
  • Florida Education Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • International Association of Fire Fighters
  • International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades
  • International Union of Police Associations
  • National Education Association
  • Office and Professional Employees International Union
  • Police Benevolent Association
  • RWDSU (United Food and Commercial Workers, AFL-CIO, CLC)
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America
  • United Auto Workers Union
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
  • United Steelworkers of America
Labor Relations Representative Matters

Our Labor Relations team publishes a bimonthly periodical, Executive Labor Summary.

If you need labor relations assistance, please contact Leigh Tyson at, Jonathan Martin at or any Constangy attorney.

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