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Kramer Rayson has provided representation in complex traditional labor law issues dating back to the 1950’s and the volatile labor disputes between the United Mine Workers and Coal Operators.

Today the firm’s traditional labor law practice focuses on advising both non-union and union employers in all aspects of traditional labor law, including training support for maintaining a pro-employee work environment, minimizing union organizing interests, collective bargaining negotiations, NLRB proceedings, defending unfair labor practice charges and labor arbitrations, including those involving discipline, discharge, management rights, subcontracting, reductions in force, employee benefit disputes and work jurisdiction issues. The firm’s role in collective bargaining and strike preparation has assisted employers through their most complex labor relations and union challenges, including bargaining impasses, strikes, replacement workers and obtaining court ordered injunctions against mass picketing. Our attorneys have represented private and public employers and federal contractors in a wide range of industries when confronted with the above listed traditional labor law issues.


The vast majority of our clients are Non-Union and our attorneys work extensively with their human resource leaders to minimize the likelihood of union organizing efforts by helping to create and maintain positive pro-employee work environments, conduct internal assessments and review employee handbooks and human resource policies and practices to insure legal compliance and facilitate positive employee relations.


Kramer Rayson has effectively guided employers in many industries through union organizing campaigns; from union card signing efforts, to NLRB elections; to and through post-election NLRB and judicial legal challenges. We also represent clients in representation proceedings before the NLRB, including unit determination and election proceedings, objections hearings, decertifications, and other union representation matters


Kramer Rayson attorneys have represented private, public and federal contractor employers in collective bargaining negotiations in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, transportation, health care and retail. Our attorneys have served in various capacities from the “chief spokesperson” to an advisor. In addition, we have effectively guided employers through strike contingency planning and the management of strikes.


Kramer Rayson attorneys regularly represent those clients with union contracts in labor arbitration hearings. We have successfully handled arbitration cases involving discipline and discharge matters; management rights disputes, employee benefits, subcontracting, reductions in force, work jurisdiction disputes and many other labor contract issues.


Kramer Rayson attorneys also have extensive experience before the NLRB and the Courts of Appeal. Our practice extends to defending a broad range of unfair labor practice charges brought by unions against employers involving unlawful disciplinary actions, breach of contract charges, failure to bargain in good faith issues and other alleged violations of the National Labor Relations Act.

If you wish to discuss matters involving labor relations with one of our attorneys, call Kramer Rayson LLP at 865-525-5134 or contact us online. With offices in Knoxville and Oak Ridge, we regularly serve clients throughout the state and beyond.