L. Brent Garrett is a seasoned labor lawyer with 20 years of experience representing employers in complex labor relations matters. Mr. Garrett represents employers across all industries, including construction, healthcare, refining, transportation, manufacturing, hospitality, and retail. He has served as the lead negotiator in over 100 union contract negotiations, including successor bargaining, first contract bargaining, plant closures, and work relocations.
In the construction industry, Mr. Garrett works with many prominent multi-employer associations. He negotiates and advises on developer and project labor agreements, including for clean energy projects; represents associations and contractors in grievance arbitrations and jurisdictional disputes; and is an expert on prevailing wage compliance under both state and federal law. Mr. Garrett also serves as the co-chair of the legal committee for the Southern California Contractors Association.
Mr. Garrett represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board, including in unfair labor practice charges and representational petitions. In addition, Mr. Garrett has in-depth knowledge of both California and federal employment law. For employers with a union presence, Mr. Garrett is uniquely positioned to provide integrated counsel on union-related matters and compliance with California and federal employment law.
In his free time, Brent enjoys spending time with his wife and four young children and visiting their family cabin in Columbia Falls, Montana.
Teamsters, Local 396 v. NASA Services, Inc., Case No. 19-55166 (9th Cir. 2020): Successful ruling that an employer had no duty to arbitrate under a labor peace agreement due to a failure of a condition precedent to formation of the labor peace agreement.
Colorado Fire Sprinkler, Inc., v. NLRB, 891 F. 3d 1031 (D.C. Cir. 2018): Holding that an 8(f) bargaining relationship cannot be converted to a 9(a) bargaining relationship based solely on contract language.
California Pacific Medical Center v. SEIU, United Healthcare Workers-West (N.D. Cal. 2007): Successful petition to vacate an arbitration award under a card check and neutrality agreement.
IUOE Local 12 v. AGC San Diego: Successful defense of a contract grievance claiming a violation of the “special shift” language under the Master Labor Agreement. The decision established that a special shift (i.e., night shift) can be implemented when a lane closure is required for worker safety or positioning of materials.
Drywall Supplier v. Teamsters: Successful defense of a subcontractor grievance allowing supplier to utilize non-union drywall tenders for certain scopes of work.
IOUE, Local 12 v. Inspection & Testing Firm: Successful defense of a construction inspection firm against a union claim of alter ego or invalid dual shop.
- Negotiated the closure of a steel mill in the Inland Empire.
- Negotiated the closure of a manufacturing facility in the Inland Empire.
- Served as lead negotiator for a beverage distributor in a master labor agreement including over twenty union locals.
- Served as lead negotiator for acute care hospitals for nurse and service-worker bargaining units
- Negotiated multiple project labor agreements for private work throughout California
News & Publications
Alerts & Articles
- Imminent New Cal-OSHA COVID-19 Regulations Will Create New Burdens for Employers, Including a Duty to Pay Workers Excluded from the Workplace Due to Concerns over COVID-1911.26.2020
- My Employee Said What on Facebook!?! Disciplining Employees for Social Media Posts (January 20, 2016)
- Legal Use of Employee Social Media (January 4, 2016)
- 10 Ways to Get Burned Under the New NLRB Election Rules (April 15, 2015)
- Employees Should Not Have Recording Rights Under NLRA (October 31, 2014)
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 05.21.2020
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 08.09.2018
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 03.05.2018
- U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Retirees’ Healthcare Benefits Clearly Expire When the Underlying Collective Bargaining Agreement ExpiresLabor Relations Law Blog, 02.27.2018
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 02.07.2018
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 01.17.2018
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 12.21.2017
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 12.19.2017
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 11.14.2017
- Construction Company Liable for $76 Million for Fraudulently Creating Alter Ego Companies to Avoid Its Collective Bargaining AgreementsLabor Relations Law Blog, 10.06.2017
- Labor & Employment Law Blog, 10.02.2017
- Court Reverses Extortion Convictions of Teamsters Who Threatened to Picket Unless Union Workers Were HiredLabor Relations Law Blog, 09.15.2017
- Fifth Circuit Refuses to Enforce NLRB’s Decision that Employer Rule Requiring “Positive” Work Environment Violates NLRALabor Relations Law Blog, 08.02.2017
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 07.28.2017
- Court of Appeals Upholds Jimmy John’s Franchisee’s Termination of Employees Who Publicized Misleading Claims about Their EmployerLabor Relations Law Blog, 07.07.2017
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 06.30.2017
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 06.26.2017
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 06.22.2017
- NLRB Holds That Temporary Employees and Regular Employees Have the Right to Form Combined Bargaining UnitLabor & Employment Law Blog, 08.04.2016
- NLRB Holds That Temporary Employees and Regular Employees Have the Right to Form Combined Bargaining UnitLabor Relations Law Blog, 08.04.2016
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 06.14.2016
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 06.01.2016
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 05.16.2016
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 05.10.2016
- Labor Relations Law Blog, 05.09.2016
Community & Professional
- American Bar Association, Committee on Practice Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Member
- Southern California Contractors Association, Chair of Legal Committee