Robert W. Sikkel Partner
Bob’s experience includes the representation of unionized employers in Michigan and throughout the country on the wide range of issues that arise in a unionized work environment. He represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the National Mediation Board (NMB), and other similar agencies, as well as provides advice during union organizing efforts and election. In addition, he negotiates collective bargaining agreements, handles impasse procedures and statutory-related proceedings, and arbitrates claims under collective bargaining agreements.
Bob also advises employers on other issues and claims involving union-represented employees. This includes labor strategies for mergers and acquisitions, EEOC and state agency charges of discrimination, OFCCP and FMLA matters, and hiring, discipline and termination.
In addition, Bob helps non-unionized employers maintain their union-free status through the development of union-free strategies and tactics. He works diligently with employers to implement preventive measures that can address employee concerns and foster a positive work environment. In addition to advising on hiring practices and designing supervisor training programs that focus on mitigating the potential for union organizing, Bob also counsel clients faced with union pressure and drives, as well as guides clients through the termination of union representation.
Because experience is everything when dealing with unions, Bob’s more than three decades of practice in this area of the law allow him to help clients address and overcome even the most difficult problems and threats to their bottom line. Whether his client is unionized or union-free, he focuses on the complex ways in which an employer’s obligations to deal with a union intersect with the employment rights and obligations that exist in all work environments.
He is a contributing author for Covenants Not to Compete: Duty of Loyalty, Trade Secrets and Tortious Interference, published by the American Bar Association and BNA. He is a frequent author, speaker and trainer, labor and employment issues, with articles published in the Practical Litigator and HR Advisor.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former chair, State Bar of Michigan Labor and Employment Law Section
Member and previous co-chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Covenants Not to Compete, Duty of Loyalty, and Trade Secrets
The Best Lawyers in America, 1995-2019; Lawyer of the Year, 2015
Michigan Super Lawyers, 2006-2013, 2015-2018
Chambers USA, 2018-2019
Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers