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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 1997
  • Western District of Washington, 2000
  • Eastern District of Washington, 2010

Peter G. Finch

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Associate
T425.646.6123
F425.646.6199
Peter Finch is a labor and employment attorney with more than 14 years of experience with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). At Davis Wright Tremaine, Peter represents employers in labor negotiations, arbitrations, and proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Peter counsels employers on union avoidance and how to effectively respond to organizing campaigns. He also helps employers comply with local ordinances and federal laws related to wages and benefits.

Peter’s diverse experience with the National Labor Relations Board gives him a unique perspective for addressing federal labor law issues, including unlawful picketing, strike misconduct, and unions’ bad faith in contract negotiation. Peter is also committed to helping employers avoid allegations of bad faith bargaining, retaliatory discharges, or maintaining overbroad rules and policies.

Practice Highlights
  • Provides counseling to non-union employers regarding impact of federal labor law on handbooks, shop rules, and social media policies
  • Help non-union employers navigate arcane and confusing labor laws when addressing union organizing campaigns
  • Assist employers in addressing complex labor law matters when buying, selling, or merging businesses
  • Serves as lead negotiator in contract negotiations for employers in various industries, including communications and manufacturing
  • Provides ongoing strategic and tactical advice for union employers, including assistance with strike planning and reorganization
  • Speaks regularly with human resources professionals regarding developments in labor and employment law and is dedicated to advising non-union employers on their rights and obligations under the National Labor Relations Act

Representative Experience

Employment and labor counseling on protected used of social media

Interpret recent NLRB decisions and advise employers on handbook provisions, rules, and policies governing employees’ use of social media in banking, hospitality, health care, entertainment, and other industries. (2012)

Labor contract interpretation for medical center

Prevailed in contract interpretation matter regarding assignment of work to non-union personnel by arguing work at issue was primarily managerial and supervisory and that parties’ past practices and side agreements were irrelevant in light of superseding contractual language. (2012)

Labor law counseling for international hospitality employer

Counseled international employer in confidential negotiations with consortium of labor unions regarding development of entertainment venue. (2012)

Labor negotiations for daily newspaper

Served as lead negotiator in bargaining for a successor agreement, obtaining significant concessions regarding sub-contracting, the elimination of past practices and additional flexibility to allow the employer to allocate resources more efficiently. (2012)

Labor relations for hospice care provider

Defeated unfair labor practice allegation by upholding 50-year precedent governing employers’ right during a contract hiatus to cease collection of union dues from employees; settlement relieved employer of any responsibility for unpaid dues during contract hiatus. (2012)

Labor relations for major cable services provider

Obtained dismissal of allegation that employer’s policy requiring employees to pay for lost or damaged equipment was unlawful. Board decision recognized employer’s broad discretion to consider myriad factors when determining the level of discipline issued to employees. (2012)

Labor relations for retail grocery store chain

Successfully defended retail grocery store chain against allegation of discriminatory discharge brought by former employee who resorted to social and alternative media to vilify employer, garner public support and mount a union organizing campaign during the NLRB’s investigation. (2012)

Strategic counseling on organizing campaigns

Counseled outpatient surgical center on strategic response to organized walkout by non-union nurses, enabling employer to terminate manager responsible for organizing the walkout and successfully defended subsequent NLRB charge of discrimination. (2012)

Additional Qualifications

  • Field Attorney, NLRB, 1997-2001, 2007-2012
  • Staff Attorney, NLRB Office of the General Counsel, Division of Advice, 2001-2007

Professional & Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association, 2013 PCLELC Planning Committee
  • Board of Directors (Finance Committee Chair), Youth Theatre Northwest
  • Board of Directors (President) and coach, Mercer Island Women's Lacrosse Club