Overview: While the percentage of US workers that are unionized has been declining for years, the importance unions play for those they represent continues to be high. The management of labor relations is an important area of concern in the workplace. Both employers and employees covered by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) have rights and obligations regarding the unionization of employees. Some key concepts for employers include collective bargaining, lockout, strikes, unfair labor practice, protected concerted activity, right to work, and good faith bargaining - but there are many more!
Trends: Currently 25 states, mostly in the southern and western areas of the United States, are "Right to Work" states. Union organizing is more difficult in these states because they prohibit a union and an employer from reaching an agreement to require union membership and financial support in the form of dues as a condition of continuing employment.
Non-union employers should NOT be complacent that the NLRA or the NLRB don't apply to them. The NLRB has recently ruled in several broad areas, notably work rules, social media and joint employers, which affect all workplaces, union and non-union alike.
Author: Melissa Boyce, JD, Legal Editor
This unique look inside the Supreme Court features the key points and questions on the justices' minds in the case of Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association.
The Supreme Court heard a significant labor case this week that could put the future of public employee unions in doubt. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a majority of the Court's justices appeared ready to agree with a group of California teachers who claim their free speech rights are being violated when they are compelled to pay dues to the state's teachers' union.
Several Washington sections of the Employment Law Manual have been updated in light of a Seattle ordinance allowing drivers of taxicab companies and for-hire drivers of companies to unionize and bargain over terms and conditions of employment.
This How To details the steps a prudent employer should take to handle union issues arising from a consolidation of two or more work facilities.
A new How To has been added to assist employers in handling union issues during a consolidation of work facilities.
Pennsylvania has closed a loophole to make stalking, harassment and threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction a crime if it occurs during a labor dispute.
In-depth review of the spectrum of Pennsylvania employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to strikes, lockouts and other "economic weapons".
In-depth review of the spectrum of Pennsylvania employment law requirements HR must follow with respect to employer liability.
HR and legal considerations for employers regarding the management of labor relations. Support and guidance on the ever growing field of labor law.