Labor Relations Law / Edition 6

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Provides vital background information and the latest major NLRB and court decisions. This clearly written book focuses on contemporary labor relations law. It offers a thorough examination of how the law of labor relations operates within the socio-economic environment; the impact of the law and its constant changes on collective bargaining; and the rights and obligations of labor unions, employers, employees and the public. For human resource directors, management and labor attorneys.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135172773
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 8/28/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 512

Table of Contents


1. Development of Labor Relations Law.

Era of hostility: Application of conspiracy doctrine. Unions and antitrust statutes. Era of encouragement.


2. The Taft-Hartley Act: An Overview.

Operation of Taft-Hartley. Unfair labor practice procedure. Representation election procedures. Enforcement procedures. Changing NLRB personnel and policies. Landrum-Griffin amendments.

3. Jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board.

Self-imposed restrictions. Changing NLRB jurisdictional policies. Coverage of health-care industry: 1974 amendment of Taft-Hartley. Taft- Hartley and bankruptcy code.


4. Control of the Bargaining Unit.

Craft or skilled workers. Supervisors. Managerial employees other than supervisors. Plant guards. Professional employees. Extent of organization. Coordinated bargaining.

5. Election Policies of National Labor Relations Board.

Construction of free speech provision. Threats to employees during election campaigns. Announcement of benefits during election campaigns. Captive-Audience problem. The Gissel doctrine. Decertification elections. Employer election petitions. Runoff elections.


6. Collective Bargaining Under Taft-Hartley.

Union security. Landrum-Griffin changes: Construction industry. Taft-Hartley and the union shop. Right-to-work laws. Union shop and political activities. Legality of agency shop. Taft-Hartley and the checkoff. Bargaining in good faith. Bargaining under Borg-Warner. Fibreboard doctrine: Employer's duty to bargain during contract period. The Collyer doctrine.

7. Enforcement of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Internal enforcement procedure: The grievance procedure. Duty of fair representation. Court enforcement of contracts. Arbitration and the federal courts. Norris-La Guardia and no-strike provisions. Sympathy strikes. Additional problems of contract enforcement. Bargaining obligation of successor employer.


8. Strikes, Lockouts, and Picketing.

Voting rights of replaced economic strikers. Permanent replacement of economic strikers. Jurisdictional strikes: Illegal under Taft-Hartley. Strikes against NLRB certification. Lockout rights of employers. Employee conduct on the picket line. Union organizer access to employer property. Union organizer access to employer property. Fines against union members working during a strike. The supreme court and the right to strike. Concept of “concerted activity”. Recognition picketing.

9. Secondary Boycott Pressure.

Secondary boycotts under Taft-Hartley. Landrum-Griffin changes. Hot-cargo agreements. Preservation of bargaining unit work.


10. Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959.

Bill of rights of union members. Reports to secretary of labor. Control of trusteeships. Government controls of union elections. Financial safeguards for labor organizations.

11. Discrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity.

Evolution of racial discrimination policy. Equal Employment Opportunity: Essential features of Title VII. Arbitration and Title VII rights. Affirmative action programs. Seniority and civil rights. The Reagan court and civil rights. The Civil Rights Act of 1991. Age discrimination.

12. Labor Relations in the Public Sector.

Collective bargaining among federal employees. Civil Service Reform Act of 1978: Title VII. Collective bargaining at the state and local levels.


13. Evolution and Problems of Labor Relations Law.

Evolution of public policy. Public policy and free collective bargaining. Other controversial issues. Efficiency and integrity of the NLRB. Public Responsibility.

Appendix: Labor Management Relations Act, 1947.


Case Index.

Subject Index.

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