Union Organization and Labor Relations: Washington
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Bruce Cross, Perkins Coie LLP
- For most private sector employers in Washington, labor union organizing and labor relations generally is governed exclusively by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
- However, where the NLRA has no jurisdiction, state law applies. See Right to Organize and Bargain Collectively.
- Washington is not a "right to work" state. See No Right to Work.
- Public sector employers such as cities, counties, fire districts and public schools are governed by a separate state law. See Public Sector Labor Relations.