Practice Areas & Industries: Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP


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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, and all related federal and state-court litigation.

Constangy’s Labor Relations attorneys have 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.

The attorneys on our Labor Relations team know it doesn't always pay to be the proverbial bull in the china shop. Although there are times to be aggressive, there are also times when it may be in your company’s best interests to take a more conciliatory approach. We have the ability to do either – always judiciously, and always as appropriate to the situation.

Our lawyers have a wealth of collective experience in representing management interests aggressively but lawfully.

But 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.

Our Labor Relations team attorneys have represented employers in a wide variety of industries, including the following:

  • Health care
  • Manufacturing
  • Textile and apparel
  • Food and restaurants
  • Hotel
  • Construction
  • Retail
  • Utilities

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

Labor Relations Representative Matters

Represented health care employers in contract negotiations with nurses’ unions. Defeated union, which received only 29 percent of votes, in organizing campaign under the Railway Labor Act.

Defeated Philadelphia Teamsters in their efforts to organize a New Jersey warehouse; Teamsters received only 21 percent of the eligible votes.

Defeated Massachusetts Teamsters Local, which had conducted six-month organizing effort. Teamsters Local lost by more than two-to-one ratio.