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Unfair Labor Practices: Pennsylvania

Unfair Labor Practices requirements for other states

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

Author: James S. Urban, Jones Day


  • The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act (PLRA) covers mostly small businesses and prohibits those employers and the unions that represent their employees from engaging in numerous unlawful actions, which are known as unfair labor practices.See The Scope of the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act
  • The Public Employee Relations Act (PERA) covers public employers and similarly prohibits certain, substantively similar unfair labor practices.See The Public Employee Labor Relations Act
  • Under the terms of the PLRA and PERA, the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board (PLRB) administers and enforces their respective provisions.