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06.15.2018   |   Firm News

Burr’s Labor Team Assists Manufacturer in Major Union Election Victory

Burr & Forman LLP announces that its Birmingham Labor team won another big victory for a large manufacturer in Northwest Alabama on June 13, 2018 during a heated union election.  The “SMART” Union (International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers) started a campaign at this manufacturer in late 2017.  Burr’s Birmingham-based Labor team was hired to manage the company’s response a few days after the union arrived.

A petition for an election was filed in early May, 2018, supported by a minimum of 30% of the workforce. At the outset, the momentum was heavily against the Company.  The election was held on June 13, 2018, with a resounding defeat for the union.  The final vote was 520 to 189: employees rejected the union by an overwhelming 73%.

The seasoned Labor team included partners Marcel L. Debruge, John J. Coleman III, Ronald W. Flowers, J. Trent Scofield, counsel Frank McRight and associate Meryl Cowan.

Burr’s Labor team focuses on sophisticated traditional labor law matters. This includes experience advising and representing employers of all sizes and across virtually all industries in connection with union representation campaigns, collective bargaining negotiations, and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. The Birmingham labor team has assisted clients confronted with every form of union organizing activity – from union card signing activity and traditional union campaigns involving NLRB elections, to campaigns involving various levels of neutrality, multi-site efforts, and corporate campaigns. No matter the issue, the Labor team represents clients effectively, efficiently and successfully.

For more than a century, Burr & Forman LLP’s experienced legal team has served clients with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, including bankruptcy and restructurings. A Southeast regional firm with 300 attorneys and 12 offices in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee, Burr & Forman attorneys draw from a diverse range of resources to help clients achieve their goals and address their complex legal needs. For more information, visit the firm’s website at www.burr.com.

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