Last month, journalists at the subscription news service Law360 declared their intention to unionize with the NewsGuild of New York. The staffers behind the union drive were hoping collective bargaining could address a list of concerns ― and not necessarily about pay. Some reporters, for instance, felt pressure to write uncritical articles about big law firms and their partners.
So management’s reaction to the union effort struck a few of those staffers as ironic. Law360 quickly retained the services of Jackson Lewis, a law firm well known for its pricey “union avoidance” work on behalf of employers. As it happens, Jackson Lewis gets plenty of nice coverage in the pages of Law360. Last year, the site put Jackson Lewis on its top ten lists for “most charitable law firms” and the “mightiest employment practice groups.”