“The employees of the plant next door are going on strike. We’re concerned that they’ll block our driveway and prevent the delivery of materials needed for our business. How should we respond in the event of a strike?”
“One of our senior executives is looking to start his own competing business in violation of the non-competition clause in his employment contract. We also suspect that he is soliciting business from our customers. How can we seek to enforce the contract?”
When unionized employees go on strike, business operations are usually disrupted until a new collective agreement is reached. When striking workers employed by another company cause the disruption, the best recourse is typically to obtain a court-ordered injunction to restrain unlawful picketing.
Our lawyers routinely assist employers with relief from unlawful picketing. When an employer receives advance warning, we are available to assist management with developing strategies to avoid potential problems. We also work to prepare management for an expeditious and efficient response to situations, including developing procedures for communicating with the union and the police, documenting all incidents and gathering the evidence necessary to obtain injunctive relief.
When an injunction becomes necessary, our lawyers are well versed in drafting court documents, as well as advocating for employers in court in order to minimize workplace disruptions and unnecessary costs.
We are also experienced in seeking injunctions where it is necessary to enforce the terms of an employment contract, typically in the context of the breach of a non-competition, non-solicitation or confidentiality clause.