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The Unionization Process: Tennessee

The Unionization Process requirements for other states

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

Author: Susan Borowski, Reliable Writing Services


  • Labor relations for most private sector employees fall under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Tennessee governs labor relations in the private sector for those employees that are not under the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board. See Union Organizing.
  • Tennessee guarantees the right to a secret ballot election where authorized by law. See Right to Secret Ballot Election.
  • Tennessee is a "right to work" state. See Right to Work.