Mr. John N. Raudabaugh, Partner
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Areas of Practice:
Labor and Employment Law; Labor Litigation; General Employment Advice
Georgia, USA (1977); District of Columbia (1993); Michigan (2004)
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (B.S., Labor Economics) (1968); School of Industrial & Labor Relations, Cornell University (M.S., Labor Economics) (1974); University of Virginia (J.D.) (1977)
Mr. Raudabaugh represents senior management in complex labor relations law matters and related litigation. Mr. Raudabaugh counsels regarding union corporate campaigns; neutrality, card-check and internet union organizing tactics; employment policies; appropriate unit design; labor strategy considerations in corporate transactions; strikes and injunction proceedings; collective bargaining research, strategy, and negotiations; concessionary bargaining; representation case and unfair labor practice litigation before the U.S. National Labor Relations Board; labor considerations in bankruptcy proceedings; labor and employment issues and litigation regarding international trade treaty agreements; and federal and state labor and employment law policy. Mr. Raudabaugh partners with corporate Human Resources, Labor Relations, and Legal in providing specifically tailored law and economics advice and representation, as well as management and supervisory training.
Mr. Raudabaugh was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate and served as a Member of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board from 1990-1993. During his term, Mr. Raudabaugh participated in over 4,000 federal labor law representation and unfair labor practice cases including Electromation, Inc., 309 NLRB 990 (1993) and E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Co., 311 NLRB 893 (1993) (employee participation programs);
Dubuque Packing Co., Inc., 303 NLRB 386 (1991) (duty to bargain plant relocations); The Nielsen Lithographing Co., 305 NLRB 697 (1991) (duty to provide information); Comtel Systems Technology, 305 NLRB 287 (1991) (multi-employer bargaining procedures); KI (USA) Corp., 309 NLRB 1063 (1992) (prejudicial union campaign tactics); Coastal Stevedoring Co., 313 NLRB 412 (1993) (international union secondary pressure tactics).
From 1995-2003, Mr. Raudabaugh assisted in representing the largest, non-union U.S. trucking company successfully defend against the largest union corporate campaign in U.S. labor history. The union organizing campaign involved 90 representation case petitions, 73 elections, 24 decertifications, 2 disclaimers of interest, 1,003 unfair labor practice charges, 206 bargaining sessions over 8 ½ years, a three year nationwide strike, and 21 state court injunctions.
Mr. Raudabaugh frequently advises policymakers regarding labor law and labor standards. He testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations regarding neutrality and card-check recognition agreements, represented the U.S. Department of Labor regarding comparative labor law issues implementing the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, and assisted the U.S. Department of State in Eritrea reviewing and commenting on the draft Eritrean labor and employment law code. Mr. Raudabaugh regularly represents policymakers and trade associations in amici filings regarding significant labor law policy issues before the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.
Publications, Presentations and Articles:
2008 – Statement of John N. Raudabaugh, “Protecting Private Ballot Rights for American Workers,” U.S. Senate Republican Conference.
2008 – Lecturer, Guangzhou and Shanghai, China; U.S. – China Labor Law Cooperation Project, Center for China Employment and Labor Relations, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Michigan, U.S. Department of Labor and China Ministry of Labor and Social Security.
2008 – Statement of John N. Raudabaugh, “NLRB Representation Elections and Initial Collective Bargaining Agreements: Safeguarding Workers’ Rights?,” U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations.
2008 – “National Labor Relations Board 2007 Year in Review: Fueling Union’s Demand for Euro-Centric Labor Law Reform,” CCH Labor Law Journal, Spring 2008, pp. 16-25.
2007 – Debate Participant, “Employee Free Choice Act,” Federalist Society; “Employee Free Choice Act…or Global Outsourcing Act?”.
2007 – Co-authored Amicus Brief on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce regarding employee and third-party use and access to an employer’s e-mail and electronic data systems and an employer’s right to monitor, restrict, and discipline for use/misuse of such systems.
2006 – Co-authored Amicus Brief on behalf of U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce, Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations regarding pre-Recognition bargaining and after-acquired clauses.
2006 – “Contract Modification and Unilateral Change – Bath Iron Works,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.
2004 – Statement of John N. Raudabaugh, “Secret Ballot Protection Act of 2004,” U.S. House Subcommittee on Employer-Employee Relations of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.
2004 – Co-authored Amicus Brief on behalf of U.S. House of Representatives Chairman and Ranking Republican Members of Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding card-check agreement and voluntary recognition.
2003 – 2006 – “The Raudabaugh Report,” NLRB Watch, HR Policy Association.
2002 – “Foreward,” A Guide to Sources of Information on the National Labor Relations Board.
2001 – “Employee Voting Rights: Industrial Stability vs. Employee Free Choice,” ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law.
2000 – “Electromation: An Opportunity Lost or Just Postponed?,” Chapter 29, Non-Union Employee Representation.
1998 – “Employee Relations Law Reform,” Industrial Relations Research Associations 50th Anniversary Volume, Government Regulation of the Employment Relationship.
1995 – “One Former Board Member’s Recommended Changes to the National Labor Relations Act,” IRRA.
1994 – “Perspectives on Labor Law Reform,” IRRA Spring Proceedings.
1994 – “NLRB 1993 Decisions – The Year in Review,” Business Research Publications.
1989 – “Labor and Employment Law Considerations,” Gabler Verlag.
Mr. Raudabaugh is a member of the American, Michigan, District of Columbia, Georgia, and Atlanta Bar Associations, Labor and Employment Law Sections and University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and University of Virginia Alumni Associations. Mr. Raudabaugh serves as a Trustee to the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School Alumni Association; Director to the North American Transportation and Employee Relations Association; Senior Advisor to the Federalist Society Labor Employment Practice Group; Member, Development Committee, Labor and Employment Relations Association; Member, Special Expertise Panel, Society of Human Resource Management; and Member, United States Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.
Awards, Honors and Skills:
Since 1995, Mr. Raudabaugh has been listed in the International Who’s Who of Management Labour & Employment Lawyers and in Who’s Who Legal: USA—Management Labor & Employment.
Mr. Raudabaugh is admitted to the United States District Court, Eastern District, Michigan; United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; United States
Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the Georgia Supreme Court.
Pro Bono and Community Involvement:
Mr. Raudabaugh serves as an adjunct professor of labor law at Northwestern University Law School and has taught labor law as an adjunct professor at Emory University Law School, Georgia State University Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Ave Maria Law School, and Michigan State University Graduate School of Labor and Industrial Relations.