Does the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) permit public/government employees to form a union and bargain collectively with their employer?

Author: Melissa Gonzalez Boyce, XpertHR Legal Editor

No. Public/government employees do not have the right under the NLRA to unionize or bargain collectively with their employer. However, many states have labor laws that permit state and municipal employees to form unions, bargain with their employers and engage in certain activities. Note that public sector employees generally do not have the right to strike.