The Council on Labor Law Equality

A network of labor relations and legal professionals dedicated to maintaining a national labor relations policy that is fair and balanced

For more than 25 years, the Council on Labor Law Equality (COLLE) has monitored the activities of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and court decisions regarding the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). COLLE is a national association of labor relations executives and in-house counsel of major U.S. companies that meets to discuss current labor relations decisions of the NLRB, state and federal courts, and local legislatures that impact U.S. business. Members represent companies from a wide range of industries and are advised by top legal counsel.

COLLE provides legal support to companies with cases pending before the NLRB and federal courts. COLLE fi les briefs in support of petitioners, uniquely positioning the group as the exclusive NLRB-centric brief writer. In so doing, COLLE helps shape national labor policy.

Sessions – Winter, Summer, and Fall

COLLE meets three times during the year for two-day sessions, typically in Washington, D.C. or co-located with ORC’s U.S. Labor and Employee Relations Network in other cities. The sessions include high-level discussion of recent NLRB cases, presentations by members of recent settlements, networking, and sharing best practices regarding current and emerging labor issues. Guest speakers frequently include NLRB members and staff, and labor experts in government agencies and relevant organizations. The group adheres to a strict policy of confi dentiality while promoting open sharing of information among members.

At each meeting, members participate in a roundtable discussion of current labor issues and address recent legal decisions and analyze their impact on their company, industry, and general business community. Expert legal counsel present two regular features: The Washington Update, an overview of the political climate concerning upcoming legislation impacting labor relations; and The NLRB Today, an update of rulings, regulations, and personnel changes in that agency.

Throughout the year, COLLE provides a virtual community for members with regular e-updates and member e-surveys on critical labor issues.

Benefits of Membership

Review of Current Cases

Recent Speakers

Who Should Join?

If you have decision-making authority for labor or industrial relations in your company or are in-house or independent counsel to such a specialist, consider joining the Council on Labor Law Equality. For more information, contact Bill Bruce at 212-852-0397.

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Member Companies
  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • ARAMARK Corporation
  • AT&T Inc.
  • The Boeing Company
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • Comcast Cable Communications LLC
  • Crown Cork and Seal USA, Inc.
  • Deere & Company
  • General Electric Company
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • International Paper Company
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Sodexo, Inc.
  • Supervalu Stores, Inc.
  • Windstream Communications
Of Counsel
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins)
  • Smetana & Avakian