What is an unfair labor practice?

Author: Irene Stavrellis Englert, Englert Legal Consulting, LLC

An unfair labor practice is an unlawful action taken by an employer or a union that violates the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Examples of such actions include an employer interfering, restraining or coercing an employee in the exercise of his or her NLRA rights, or a union's refusal to engage in good faith bargaining with the employer. If an employer or union believes that an unfair labor practice has been committed, it must file an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).