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Public Sector Labor Relations: Delaware

Public Sector Labor Relations requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Susan Borowski, Reliable Writing Services


  • There are three state statutes that govern the rights of public employees: The Public School Employment Relations Act, the Public Employment Relations Act, and the Police Officers' and Firefighters' Employment Relations Act. These Acts give similar rights to each group of employees. See Public Employment Relations Act.
  • The Public Employment Relations Board oversees and enforces the state's collective bargaining laws in the public sector. See Public Employee Relations Board.
  • Unfair labor practices by employers, employees, and labor organizations are outlined in the statute. See Unfair Labor Practices.
  • There are separate provisions in the statutes for collective bargaining for local government employees and for state employees. See Collective Bargaining.
  • There are specific procedures for mediation with specific timeframes for the commencement of binding interest arbitration. See Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • Public employees are prohibited from striking. See Right to Strike Prohibited.
  • There are slight differences in the statute that governs police and fire employees. See Police and Fire Employees.