Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters

Employer-employee relations are long term, which makes it critical for management to build strong and effective working relationships with its workforce.
Serving as labor negotiators and advisors to cities, public agencies, special districts, school and community college districts, as well as private companies, Best Best & Krieger LLP employment lawyers offer comprehensive guidance on labor relations, union negotiations and employment-related matters. We focus on meeting our clients’ objectives while they build and maintain strong labor relations, taking a firm but fair approach to achieve long-term, successful employment relationships and avoid conflicts.
Comprehensive Service
BB&K lawyers work closely with employers to define parameters, establish goals and develop negotiating strategies to achieve those goals. We represent clients throughout negotiations, keeping them actively involved and informed. Our lawyers advise on policies, practices and financial terms. We draft contract language, negotiate collective bargaining agreements and analyze proposals from employee organizations. We successfully represent clients in negotiations with many of the most powerful unions, including teachers, police, fire and other public safety personnel unions.
Our attorneys regularly represent employers before the National Labor Relations Board, the Public Employment Relations Board, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Labor and State Labor Commissioner, and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, as well as before public agency personnel boards, civil service commissions and in federal and state courts. Further, we are experienced in impasse procedures, resolving grievances, handling arbitration proceedings, representing clients in union-related proceedings and elections, and defending clients against unfair labor practice charges.
Proactive and Cost-Effective Guidance
Our firm takes a proactive, preventative approach, offering guidance on the effectiveness of current contract language and reviewing changes in the law that may affect contract terms and our clients’ employment practices. We advise councils and boards on the negotiation process and the role of elected officials in that process, as well as offer manager training on collective bargaining issues, risk avoidance strategies, and the interpretation, implementation and administration of employment policies, practices and contract terms.
With an extensive database of workable and effective provisions for memoranda of understanding and collective bargaining agreements, we draw from a wealth of resources, passing on significant cost savings to our clients.

Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal Law | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Areas of Focus: Labor & Employment | Labor Negotiations & Other Union Matters | Municipal Law | Wage & Hour Law | Workplace Safety
Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Areas of Focus: Business | Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation | Labor & Employment | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Tax | Trusts & Estates
Press Releases Nov 04, 2020

Labor & Employment Partner Alison Alpert Named a Woman of Influence

SD Metro Magazine Recognizes San Diego Women for their Professional Achievements

Legal Alerts Mar 04, 2020

New NLRB Rule Clarifies Joint Employer Doctrine

Reduces Joint Employer Liability, Brings Clarity for Employers

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 06, 2020

New 2020 Labor & Employment Laws for Public Agencies

Shauna Amon Writes About Public Employer New Laws in PublicCEO

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 05, 2020

Best in Law: New 2020 Laws for Employers

Partner Joseph Ortiz Discusses Changes in the Southern California Newspaper Group

Legal Alerts Jan 30, 2020

Doing Business in 2020: Courts Tackle Employment Law

Part 2: New Employment-Related Court Decisions Impacting California’s Public and Private Entities

Legal Alerts Jan 27, 2020

Doing Business in 2020: California’s New Workplace Legislation

Part 1: New Labor & Employment Laws Impacting California’s Public and Private Entities

Press Releases Jul 19, 2018

Partners Roger Crawford and Isabel Safie Named Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

Daily Journal Releases Annual List of 75

Press Releases Jul 12, 2018

BB&K Attorney Thomas O’Connell Appointed Chair of Hesperia Chamber of Commerce

Business Associate Also Heading Up High Desert Regional Chambers Coalition

Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2018

What Public Employers Need to Know Now in Wake of Janus Decision

SCOTUS Changes How Public Sector Union Fees are Collected; Governor Also Signs SB 866

Jan 09, 2018

[WEBINAR] Labor & Employment Law: What Changed in 2017

BB&K Free Webinar

Legal Alerts Aug 09, 2017

CNN Joint-Employer Appeal Goes Against NLRB

Employers Embrace Decision, But Issue Remains Unresolved

Legal Alerts Aug 01, 2017

AB 119: What Public Employers Need to Know about their Obligations to Give Unions Access to New Employees

Information, Access and Notice Requirements for Public Employers

Legal Alerts Jul 19, 2017

The Department of Labor Pulls the Plug on the “Persuader Rule”

Comment Period Open

Legal Alerts Mar 24, 2017

Restaurant Chain Must Allow Employees to Wear Union Buttons

NLRB Ruling a Cautionary Tale for Employers

Legal Alerts Mar 07, 2017

Appellate Challenge of NLRB's New Joint Employer Standard Moves Forward

Oral Argument Expected this Week

Dec 09, 2016

[WEBINAR] Annual Labor & Employment Update 2016

New Legislation and Case Law Impacting California Employers

Videos Nov 30, 2016

Alison Alpert Video Bio


Legal Alerts Apr 01, 2016

MMBA Factfinding Applies to All Negotiations Resulting in Impasse

Not Just Negotiations for a Comprehensive MOU

Legal Alerts Mar 30, 2016

California Unions May Enter Public Sector Agency Shop Arrangements

A U.S. Supreme Court Tie Means Victory for Unions

Authored Articles & Publications Feb 21, 2016

Best in Law: New Joint-Employer Standards Pose Threat to Businesses

BB&K Attorneys Roger Crawford and Thomas O'Connell Discuss in the Press-Enterprise How New Rules May Bring Liability for Lawsuits Involving Workers Who Companies Do Not Directly Control

Legal Alerts Nov 12, 2015

Limitations of Labor Negotiations Exception to Brown Act

Does Not Include Negotiation of a Project Labor Agreement When the Workers are Not Employees

Legal Alerts Sep 14, 2015

National Labor Relations Board Rewrites Decades-Old Joint Employer Standard

New Standard Leaves No Predictability Regarding the Identity of the “Employer”

Legal Alerts Sep 10, 2015

Uber Employee Classification Class Action Could Impact All Employers

From Payroll Taxes to Sick Leave Laws … Federal Ruling Could Be Game Changer for Sharing Economy

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