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The Unionization Process: Delaware

The Unionization Process requirements for other states

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

Author: Susan Borowski, Reliable Writing Services


  • Labor relations for private sector employees fall primarily under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Where the NLRA does not have jurisdiction, state law may apply. In Delaware, some occupations are specifically exempted from the state labor relations law. See State Labor Relations Law.
  • Employees have rights similar to those under the NLRA; that is, they have the right to strike and to engage in other lawful concerted activities. See Rights of Employees.
  • The Department of Labor oversees all mediation and arbitration proceedings, which are voluntary. See Powers of the Department of Labor.
  • Delaware is not a "right to work" state. See No Right to Work.