More than 30 attorneys focused on labor and employment

Highly ranked in Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America





Class actions

Collective bargaining

Diversity / affirmative action

EEO / harassment claims

Employee benefits

Employment agreements

Employment disputes

ERISA compliance

Financial services wage compliance

Government contracts

Healthcare cost reduction

Intellectual property litigation

Immigration sanctions

Labor cost reductions in mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and healthcare


NLRB, Union campaigns and ULPs


Personnel policies

Trade secrets / non-competes

Wage and overtime claims

WARN Act compliance





Colleges and universities



Entertainment / media

Financial services

Government contracting



Independent schools

Information technology


Nonprofits / trade associations

Public employers





Collective Bargaining

Venable’s labor and employment team provides clients with a broad range of experience in collective bargaining matters through every stage of the process.  We have served as lead negotiators in many high-profile labor negotiations throughout the country.

Our experience includes many positive settlements that have achieved our clients’ objectives. We have also bargained to impasse, engaged in interest arbitration, and dealt with strikes and strike-related unfair labor practice issues before both the National Labor Relations Board and many public sector employee relations boards.

Representative recent collective bargaining engagements include the following:

Private Sector:

  • Negotiated multiple agreements with AFTRA and NABET on behalf of network affiliated broadcast and cable TV stations.
  • Negotiated agreements with UNITE HERE on behalf of food service operations, hotels and gaming employers.
  • Negotiated multiple agreements on behalf of health care institutions, including hospitals and long term care nursing facilities, with multiple unions including SEIU, District 1199 and UFCW.
  • Negotiated agreements with IUOE and other construction unions on behalf of construction and maintenance firms and condominium association.
  • Negotiated shutdown agreements with UAW and Teamsters on behalf of various manufacturing facilities.
  • Negotiated collective bargaining agreements with various unions in the theatrical and entertainment industry.
  • Served as principal advisor in a collective bargaining that resulted in a replacement agreement and special drug formulary for one of the nation's largest coal mining companies, thereby reducing prescription drug costs for employers.
  • Represented a large petroleum company in labor arbitrations, collective bargaining support and NLRB proceedings.
  • Negotiated multiple agreements, including concession contracts, on behalf of a major symphony orchestra.
  • Bargained to impasse with UFCW, Teamsters, HERE and other unions on behalf of a variety of different employers.

Public Sector:

  • Acted as lead negotiators on behalf of dozens of local, state and federal government agencies dealing with many different public sector unions including AFSCME, ATU, FOP, IAFF, OPEIU, SEIU, Teamsters, AFT, NEA and UFCW. Negotiated bargaining agreements covering every conceivable type of public employee, including teachers, police, firemen, office clericals, healthcare workers, parks and recreation, water and sewer, transportation, and public housing.
  • Served as chief negotiators and strategists for more than a decade for a major metropolitan area transit authority, including bus and rail transit operations, maintenance personnel, transit police, and office clericals.
  • Represented other agencies  including water, power, housing and sewer authorities.
  • Represented federal government agencies in connection with union organizing and collective bargaining, and defense of class action discrimination claims.
  • Serves as Labor Consultant to the State University System.  Advises the Chancellor as to the proper interpretation of and compliance with the State Higher Education Collective Bargaining Law and serves as Chief Negotiator for a seven member coalition of State University institutions which bargains with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) as to economic and other core terms and conditions of employment of the non-exempt employees at the member institutions.
  • Represented many County Boards of Education in negotiations, grievance handling and arbitration of employee disputes.
  • Negotiated changes to pension and retirement plans and advised on all manner of pension, health and welfare issues for many state and local government agencies.
  • Negotiated first agreement and successor agreements for a large county public library system.

Experienced counsel that avoids conflicts and achieves results.

Companies and public agencies today must work diligently to stay ahead of the curve in order to avoid conflicts and litigation resulting from union organizing and collective bargaining. We put decades of experience and an unparalleled track record to work for our clients so they may develop effective, proactive strategies to minimize risks and avoid litigation.