With a substantial depth and breadth of experience, the industry leading attorneys in Butzel's Labor Practice have represented public and private sector employers and multi-employer associations across a wide array of industries in collective bargaining, representational campaigns and elections, unfair labor practice charges, strikes including injunction proceedings in both state and federal courts designed to end unlawful strikes or picketing, wage and hour matters and arbitrations.

Butzel's expertise is reflected over its long history, having had attorneys who have served on the National Labor Relations Board, including a recent chair of the National Labor Relations Board. Additionally, current Butzel attorneys include two past chairs of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar and a past chair of the International Law Section. Six of our attorneys are Fellows of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, an honor available only to those who have, in the eyes of their colleagues, distinguished themselves as outstanding professionals for more than 20 years of practice. Several are listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA and one was voted among Southeast Michigans top 10 business lawyers by Corp! magazine.

Our attorneys also teach at several law schools and are frequent lecturers to state and national employer and professional organizations and to continuing legal education groups that update other attorneys on labor and employment issues.

By establishing a synergy with members of the firm's other practice areas, our multi-disciplinary and nationally recognized teams of attorneys are able to represent clients in every aspect of labor and employment issues, including litigation, administrative agency charges, collective bargaining, arbitrations, benefits, non-competes, counseling, advising and training.


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  • Represent public sector employers in Act 312 arbitrations, collective bargaining, and employment litigation.
  • Represented University in education law, contract, and injunction
  • As lead counsel in labor, employment discrimination, public contract law, education law cases
  • Successfully defended a motion for summary disposition for a major university before the Michigan Court of Appeals.
  • Defended party in contract dispute
  • Represented higher education clients in negotiation of collective bargaining agreements for full time faculty; adjunct faculty and administrators.
  • Represented a large state university in connection with professor's denial of tenure asserting a breach in the operating collective bargaining agreement
  • Represent numerous institutions of higher learning in labor and employment matters, including negotiating collective bargaining agreements, including first contracts, employment litigation and grievance arbitration proceedings.
  • Represented City of Detroit in union negotiations to avoid appointment of an emergency financial manager
  • Integrally involved on labor and employment matters in the two ACH plant divestitures, i.e., plants being bought by our clients
  • Represented the City of Detroit in the successful ratification of a major labor agreement with the City bus drivers union (ATU).
  • Represented University in alleged employment discrimination
  • Obtained summary disposition in a 16 plaintiff case against a major school district
  • Represent private corporations of all sizes throughout the United States in traditional labor matters including union organizing campaigns, contract negotiations, labor arbitrations and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board.
  • NLRB and EEOC charges
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