The Unionization Process: Louisiana
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Brooke Duncan III, Adams and Reese LLP
- Private sector labor relations for most employers in Louisiana are subject to the National Labor Relations Act as enforced by the National Labor Relations Board and the federal courts. See Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining Rights.
- Employees have the right to form unions and engage in collective bargaining. See Union Organizing and Collective Bargaining Rights.
- The state cannot require private employers to have unions. See Government Cannot Mandate Unionization of Private Employers.
- Agricultural workers have a right to organize and collectively bargain with their employer. See Agricultural Workers.
- Louisiana is a "right to work" state, so employees cannot be forced to join a union. See Right to Work.
- State law protects employees against retaliation for participating in enforcement of state labor laws. See Unfair Labor Practices.