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Public Sector Labor Relations: Massachusetts

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Author: Susan Borowski, Reliable Writing Services


  • Massachusetts public sector employees are covered under the Public Employee Collective Bargaining Law, though there are some exceptions. See Public Sector Employees.
  • Public employees have the right to organize and bargain collectively. See Right to Organize; Collective Bargaining.
  • A card-check law is in effect for public employees, meaning that a union can be recognized and certified by a majority of employees signing union authorization cards. See Card-Check Law.
  • Specific procedures have been established for mediation and arbitration if negotiations reach an impasse. See Alternative Dispute Resolution.
  • The public sector labor relations law describes actions which constitute unfair labor practices by both employers and unions. See Unfair Labor Practices.
  • The Department of Labor Relations, which oversees management-employee relations in the public sector, investigates and arbitrates complaints of unfair labor practices. See Investigations of Complaints.
  • Public employees do not have the right to strike. See No Right to Strike.