COVID-19 Issues for Unionized Employers

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption for U.S. businesses of every size and in every industry. As state and local governments have ordered companies to cease nonessential operations and directed consumers to quarantine, isolate or otherwise “shelter in place,” the very survival of many of today’s businesses depends on their abilities to develop new operational and business strategies for addressing changing consumer needs, altered distribution channels and a depressed economic market.

Unionized employers face unique challenges in making necessary business changes while navigating restrictive collective bargaining agreement provisions and meeting legal obligations under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to bargain in good faith with incumbent unions. For guidance addressing various common issues unionized employers face as they prepare and implement COVID-19 prevention and response efforts, visit the Faegre Drinker website.