Labor Unions

Patterson Harkavy LLP has represented local unions affiliated with more than two dozen international unions, as well as those international unions themselves, in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. We also counsel individual union members about their rights.

The firm serves as general counsel to the North Carolina State AFL-CIO and has lobbied on behalf of labor before the North Carolina General Assembly in workers’ compensation, unemployment, health and safety, wage and hour policies, and other areas.

Attorneys Michael Okun and Henry Patterson have extensive knowledge in state and federal employment law and labor law. Contact our Chapel Hill office at (919) 942-5200 or call toll-free at (800) 458-2541 to discuss your labor union issue.

Our work includes representation in:

  • Arbitration of labor union negotiations or grievances
  • Collective bargaining
  • Strikes — including arrests, picketing issues, and sympathy strikes
  • Organizing efforts — including union-busting activities or retaliation
  • Labor-related litigation before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and in courts
  • Legislative advocacy
  • General counsel and consulting

Credentials in Labor Union Representation

Michael Okun served as a litigation attorney in the Appellate Court Branch of the Enforcement Division of the NLRB in Washington. Currently serving as general counsel to the North Carolina State AFL-CIO, he has held leadership positions and in numerous labor lawyer associations, and actively sought legislative change on behalf of union workers. Mr. Okun teaches labor law at Wake Forest University School of Law. Before entering law school, he was an ironworker, working out of Local 63.

Contact Patterson Harkavy LLP today to discuss your labor union issue with seasoned professionals. Call (800) 458-2541 or 919-942-5200 in Chapel Hill.

Read our blog posts about Unions.