Case Studies

Epstein Becker Green Achieves Victory—Employee Micro-Unit in Southern California Votes Down the Teamsters in Union Election

On February 10, 2017, the Teamsters served a petition seeking to represent a 21-employee micro-unit at a single site of an Epstein Becker Green client, one of the largest nonprofit agencies in Southern California. When the petition was filed, only three of the tight-knit group of employees expressed any company loyalty or disinterest in the union.

Epstein Becker Green’s team negotiated a favorable election date, unit description, and other logistics to place the client in the best possible position. Our firm’s team also trained and counseled the client’s leadership, reviewed and revised the client’s communications, and worked with line-level supervisors to ensure maximum legal compliance and impact.

Once the employees learned the facts about unionization, the employees ultimately chose not to be represented by the union by exercising their right to vote “No.”

On March 7, 2017, the election was held and the tally of the ballots conducted, resulting in 11 votes for the company and eight for the union, with two challenged ballots that remained unopened. (Had the challenged ballots been opened, the final tally would likely have been 13 for the company and eight for the union.)

The union acknowledged its defeat when it failed to file any objections to the outcome of the election; the election was certified on March 16.

Epstein Becker Green’s team was led by Kat Paterno and included Adam Abrahms and Christina Rentz.