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Fighting for the rights of Management since 1989!
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Mark Hinueber, Past Vice President and General Counsel, Stephens Media Group

The Zinser Law Firm, P.C.

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Media Labor Law

NLRB Elections

Unfair Labor Practice Litigation

Collective Bargaining

Strikes

U.S. Courts of Appeal

The law regarding NLRB elections is composed of many rules and regulations, and is often difficult to navigate. Our firm has represented many Media Companies when a union is attempting to organize their employees. We are very experienced in helping these Employers exercise their First Amendment rights to oppose the unionization of their employees. We have helped many Media Company Employers defeat unions during these organizing drives.

 

We are also extremely experienced in representing Employers during decertification elections – that is, an election where the employees want to end union representation. The law is just as complicated here. We help Employers develop a proactive communications campaign to help employees choose a union-free environment.

The Zinser Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience representing Companies before the National Labor Relations Board, involving issues of interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act. Labor unions can be a challenge. For over 40 years, our firm has successfully helped Management with issues involving labor unions.

Unions often file unfair labor practice charges, accusing Companies of unlawful discharge/discipline or, possibly, bad faith bargaining. Our firm has acted as trial counsel defending Media Companies at the NLRB on a nationwide basis. We have represented Employers before the NLRB in the following states:

  • Alabama

  • Arizona

  • California

  • Florida

  • Hawaii

  • Illinois

  • Maryland

  • Massachussets

  • Michigan

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • Nevada

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • Ohio

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • Wyoming

Our attorneys have acted as chief negotiators for many Media Company Employers across the country. We have represented these Companies in their negotiations with many unions, including but not limited to:

  • The International Brotherhood of Teamsters

  • The Graphic Communicatiosn Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

  • The United Auto Workers

  • The United Steel Workers

  • The Communication Workers of America

  • The Newspaper Guild

  • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

  • The International Association of Machinists

Collective bargaining is when our firm can be of the greatest service to an Employer. By drafting pro-Management contract language, giving an Employer flexibility in running the business, our firm has saved Companies millions of dollars over the years. We negotiate to achieve Collective Bargaining Agreements that allow Management to run its business as it desires, yet requires Management to do little. We work very hard to achieve a Collective Bargaining Agreement without any sort of serious disputes, such as a strike.

 

We have much experience dealing with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service from coast to coast, helping Employers achieve Collective Bargaining Agreements without a strike.

Try as one might, sometimes mediation fails and unions decide to exercise their right to go on strike. Our firm also has a large amount of experience representing Employers who have had to weather a strike.

 

Part of the representation involves assisting Employers in developing an Emergency Operations Plan. If a strike happens, it is too late to plan at that point – the planning should have already been done. We assist Employers in developing a comprehensive plan that assures their ability to operate their business during a strike – and, if necessary, hire permanent replacements.

In every instance when one of our clients has had a work stoppage, that Company has operated its business from day one and hired permanent replacements.

Sometimes, in order to achieve justice, an Employer must appeal an adverse decision of the National Labor Relations Board into the Federal Courts of Appeal. We have extensive experience at the Appellate Court level.

 

Some examples of successful appeals include:

 

1. Ampersand Publishing, LLC v. NLRB (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 2012) (U.S. Court of Appeals reversed NLRB and held that lawfully discharged eight reporters during an organizing campaign – the goal of which was to take over the content of the newspaper, in violation of the First Amendment Rights of the Publisher.)
 

2. The Tampa Tribune v. NLRB (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2009) (NLRB reversed by Court, holding that union employee’s verbal attack on a Vice President was not protected by the National Labor Relations Act and that the Employer lawfully discharged the employee.)

 

3. Winston Salem Journal v. NLRB (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 2005) (Court of Appeals reversed NLRB and held that a union Vice President may not lawfully call his Supervisor a “bastard, redneck, son of a bitch,” and that the Employer lawfully discharged the employee.)