JessicaKastin

Partner

New York + 1.212.326.3923

For nearly 20 years, Jessica Kastin has been advising employers on labor and employment matters with a focus on issues arising under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). She regularly handles collective bargaining negotiations, union elections and representation proceedings, unfair labor practice charges, grievance arbitrations, and strike preparation and injunctions. Jessica also has a robust transactional practice and frequently advises on high-value corporate mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. In addition, she frequently counsels on matters such as reductions in force, the WARN Act (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification), New York State Labor Law, negotiation of employment and separation agreements, discrimination charges, and labor issues arising in bankruptcy.

Jessica's recent experience includes representing clients such as ABM, EagleTree Capital, General Electric, Goode Partners, J.F. Lehman, LORD Corporation, and Verizon in transactions involving complex labor and employment issues. She also frequently serves as a lead advisor with respect to collective bargaining negotiations during which she works closely with clients on identifying and achieving critical business objectives in various industries. Notably, in 2016, Jessica represented Verizon in connection with a seven-week strike involving approximately 36,000 employees. In addition to providing strategic collective bargaining advice, she obtained a rare injunction under Section 10(l) of the NLRA enjoining the union's unlawful secondary activity targeted at hotels in New York housing workers during the strike.

Jessica is a member of the New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section and has worked with Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY) for more than a decade as part of her pro bono practice.

Experience

  • Solmax acquires TenCate GeosyntheticsJones Day is advising Groupe Solmax Inc., the global leader in the production of high-quality polyethylene geomembranes for industrial and environmental applications, and its shareholders (including institutional investors Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Fonds de Solidarité FTQ (FSTQ)), in connection with Solmax’s acquisition of TenCate Geosynthetics Holding B.V. (TCGS), a global provider of geosynthetics and industrial fabrics, from Dutch conglomerate Koninklijke Ten Cate (Royal Ten Cate, the Netherlands).
  • Bally's acquires Monkey Knife FightJones Day advised Bally's Corporation in its acquisition of Monkey Knife Fight, the award-winning, fastest-growing gaming platform and third-largest daily fantasy sports operator in North America, in an all-stock transaction.
  • U.S. Bank National Association acquires Debt Servicing and Securities Custody Services client portfolio of MUFG Union BankJones Day represented U.S. Bancorp, a bank holding company and the parent company of commercial bank U.S. Bank National Association, in its acquisition of the Debt Servicing and Securities Custody Services client portfolio of MUFG Bank N.A., a subsidiary of holding company MUFG Americas Holdings Corporation and a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group.
  • Mobilization for Justice reaches successor collective bargaining agreement with Legal Services Staff AssociationJones Day represented Mobilization for Justice, a pro bono legal services provider in New York City, in its collective bargaining negotiations with the Legal Services Staff Association (an arm of the UAW) for a successor collective bargaining agreement covering a bargaining unit of approximately 100 non-supervisory attorneys and staff.
  • Employees of global beauty supply company ratify successor agreement with UAWJones Day served as lead negotiator for a global beauty supply company in its collective bargaining negotiations for a successor agreement with the United Auto Workers covering approximately 160 manufacturing and distribution employees.
  • Employers at Hunts Point Produce Market reach agreement with Teamsters after week-long strikeJones Day served as lead negotiator for the association of employers at the Hunts Point Produce Market in its 2020-2021 collective bargaining negotiations with Teamsters Local 202 and provided support during a resulting week-long strike.
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber to be sold to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for approximately $2.5 billion enterprise valueJones Day is advising Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in its $2.5 billion sale to The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
  • Signature Aviation to sell Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day is advising Signature Aviation plc, a market-leading provider of global aviation support services, in the $230 million sale of the Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business to StandardAero, a portfolio company owned by The Carlyle Group and a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
  • American Industrial Partners to acquire High Pressure Solutions Segment of Ingersoll Rand for $300 millionJones Day is advising American Industrial Partners in its $300 million acquisition of a majority interest in the High Pressure Solutions Segment of Ingersoll Rand, a premier market leader in the manufacturing, service, and repair of high-pressure pumps and related consumables in the upstream energy market.
  • Verizon Media forms partnership with BuzzFeed to acquire HuffPostJones Day advised Verizon Media in its sale of HuffPost to BuzzFeed.
  • Bespoke Capital to combine with Vintage Wine EstatesJones Day is advising Bespoke Capital Acquisition Corp., a TSX listed special acquisition company ("BCAC"), on its business combination with Vintage Wine Estates, one of the fastest growing U.S. wine producers.
  • Transtar Holding Company sold to Blue Point Capital PartnersJones Day advised Transtar Holding Company, a portfolio of industry-leading automotive aftermarket and original equipment businesses with a focus on high-quality products and unmatched customer service, in the sale of majority ownership to Blue Point Capital Partners.
  • Daikin acquires ABCO HVACR Supply + SolutionsJones Day advised Daikin North America LLC, a subsidiary of Daikin Industries, Ltd. and the world's largest manufacturer of heating, cooling, and refrigerant products, in the acquisition of ABCO HVACR Supply + Solutions, the leading full line distributor of HVAC and refrigeration systems and supplies in the Northeastern United States.
  • STERIS to acquire Cantel Medical for $3.6 billionJones Day is advising STERIS plc in its acquisition of Cantel Medical Corp, a global provider of infection prevention products and services primarily to endoscopy and dental customers, for $3.6 billion.
  • Twin River Worldwide Holdings acquires three casinos from Eldorado and Caesars for $180 millionJones Day advised Twin River Worldwide Holdings, Inc. in the $155 million acquisition of Eldorado Shreveport Resort and Casino in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, from Eldorado Resorts, Inc., and Bally's Atlantic City Hotel & Casino in New Jersey from Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Vici Properties Inc. for $25 million.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires CTS EnginesJones Day advised J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government and environmental sectors, in the acquisition of CTS Engines, LLC and CTS Testing, LLC.
  • Morgan Stanley Capital Partners invests in AWT Labels & Packing and Citation Healthcare LabelsJones Day advised Morgan Stanley Capital Partners in their investment in Advanced Web Technologies Holding Company, which operates as AWT Labels & Packaging and Citation Healthcare Labels, from Mason Wells, a Midwest-based private equity firm.
  • J.F. Lehman & Company acquires ENTACTJones Day advised long-standing client J.F. Lehman & Company, a leading middle-market private equity firm focused exclusively on the aerospace, defense, maritime, government, and environmental sectors, in the acquisition by an investment affiliate and financing of ENTACT, LLC, a national provider of environmental remediation and geotechnical services.
  • Cleveland-Cliffs acquires ArcelorMittal USA for approximately $1.4 billionJones Day advised Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in connection with the acquisition and financing of substantially all of the operations of ArcelorMittal USA for approximately $1.4 billion.
  • Ansys acquires Analytical Graphics, Inc. for $700 millionJones Day advised Ansys, Inc. in the $700 million acquisition of Analytical Graphics, Inc., a provider of mission-driven simulation, modeling, testing and analysis software for aerospace, defense and intelligence applications.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • January 27, 2017
      What Can Practitioners Expect From A Trump Board? New York State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section 2017 Annual Meeting
    • September 2014
      2014 Labor & Employment Seminar - New York
    • December 13, 2012
      What to Expect From the NLRB During President Obama's Second Term: Impact on Both Union and Non-Union Workplaces
    • April 12, 2011
      Jones Day Railway Labor Act Symposium
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