Labor and Employment Law Practice Group

Contact Atty. Romarie G. Villonco

We have an extensive practice in collective bargaining negotiations, strike contingency and strike handling, labor litigation arising from termination, wage claims, unfair labor practice acts and other employer-employee disputes – both trial and appellate (DOLE Regional Offices, National Labor Relations Commission, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court), assumption-of-jurisdiction cases, compulsory and voluntary arbitration, and certification election proceedings. We advise our corporate clients on labor standards, occupational health and safety, and labor relations issues, and have a team of lawyers who conduct labor and employment relations seminars for our clients’ managers. Our firm has also contributed to landmark Supreme Court cases on labor law, such as Meralco vs. Secretary of Labor, G.R. No. 127598, 31 Jan 1999; Philippine Airlines vs. Confesor, G.R. No. 11480, 10 Mar 1994; Shell Oil Workers Union vs. Shell Phils. Inc. G.R. No. 28607, 12 Feb 1972; and San Miguel Corporation Employees Union-PTGWO vs. Confesor, G.R. No. 11262, 19 September 1996. A sample of some of our recent work in the labor practice area includes:

a. CBA negotiations with the Rank and File, and Supervisory units of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (the Philippines’ largest telecommunications company);
b. CBA negotiations with the Rank and File, Sales Supervisors, and Supervisory units of various provincial plants of Coca-Cola Bottlers Phils. Inc. (the local franchisee of Coca-Cola);
c. Certification election proceedings of the Supervisory unit of San Miguel Foods Inc. (the Food Group subsidiary of the Philippines’ largest beverage and food manufacturer);
d. Certification election proceedings of the rank and file, and supervisory units of Coastal Subic Bay Terminal Inc. (a subsidiary of the United States’ Coastal Corp.);
e. Litigation at the DOLE Secretary-level in assumption cases over CBA deadlocks in the Pilipino Telephone Corporation (PILTEL – the cellular phone unit of PLDT), Bayan Telecommunications Corp., and the Sales Supervisors unit of PLDT;
f. CBA negotiations with the rank and file unit of Equitable-PCIBank (one of the country’s largest private banks);
g. CBA negotiations with the rank and file units of ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) Inc.;
h. Supreme Court litigation over CBA deadlock with the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO-the Philippines’ largest private power distributor) rank and file unit;
i. CBA negotiations with MERALCO’s rank and file unit.

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