Labor Relations Communications

In peacetime or during a contentious contract negotiation, strategic communication is key to achieving effective and productive relations with organized labor. Labor relations support typically involves step-by-step communication timelines and internal and external message mapping to convey the company’s rationale in the face of challenging business conditions. Dix & Eaton has provided comprehensive communications planning and strategic message counseling for clients and labor teams in coordination with legal counsel to defeat organizing campaigns and navigate contract negotiations, extensions and terminations as well as work stoppages, facility closures and layoffs.


  • Northwest Airlines mechanics strike
  • Southwest Airlines seniority list integration following acquisition of AirTran and contract negotiations with all organized labor groups
  • Erie Times-News contract termination, layoffs, facility closure impacting three unions
  • AkzoNobel (formerly ICI Paints) union facility closure and layoffs in Reading, PA and Huron, OH paint plant organizing campaign
  • HUGO BOSS contract extension following possible facility closure
  • OMNOVA Mississippi wallcoverings plant work stoppage, contract termination and facility divestiture
  • Pinnacle Airlines pilots’ contract negotiation and new agreement

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  • Hugo Boss Logo
  • Southwest Airlines: Logo
  • Mesaba Airlines Logo
  • PPG Industries Logo