Case Studies

Epstein Becker Green Achieves Victorious Result in Union Election Concerning Security Operations

At an NLRB-conducted election on July 22, 2011, a team of Epstein Becker Green attorneys helped a client, the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC ("Museum"), achieve an important victory — namely, the Museum's security forces voted not to be represented by a new security guards union.

Epstein Becker Green attorneys represented the Museum at the NLRB hearing, where the inclusion of lieutenants on the security force in the proposed bargaining unit was pivotal to the outcome of the election. By a 2-to-1 margin, the security forces voted not to organize.

This is Epstein Becker Green's third straight success representing institutions where a union sought to organize security operations.

The Epstein Becker Green team representing the Museum included Member of the Firm Kara M. Maciel.

Epstein Becker Green Successfully Negotiates Union Agreements on Behalf of Nuclear Generating Station

On May 18, 2013, Epstein Becker Green completed the final step of negotiations on behalf of Southern California Edison for a significantly revamped successor collective bargaining agreement and a reorganization/reduction-in-force effects agreement with the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) Local 246, covering the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Despite taking place under the most difficult of circumstances, including political pressure, regulatory uncertainty, and the significant reduction in force, both agreements were reached without any job action or disruption.

Adam C. Abrahms led Epstein Becker Green's team, which also included Evan Rosen and Lisa M. Watanabe.

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.