Union Organization and Labor Relations: Kansas

Union Organization and Labor Relations requirements for other states

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

Authors: Alan L. Rupe and Daniel Press, Kutak Rock LLP


  • Private employees are afforded the protections and rights of the National Labor Relations Act. Kansas also has the Kansas Labor Relations Act which provides similar rights to private employees. See Union Organization.
  • Public employees have certain rights and protections governed by the Kansas Constitution and the Kansas Public Employer-Employee Relations Act. See Union Organization.
  • Agricultural employees are permitted to unionize and collectively bargain under Kansas law. See Agricultural Employees.
  • Kansas is a "right-to-work" state which means employers cannot force employees to join or refuse to join employee organizations. See Right to Work.