Understanding how labor laws help unions and management
Labor law is a body of laws established to balance power between groups of organized employees, such as unions, and their employers. While employment law focuses on issues facing individual employees, such as discrimination and harassment, labor laws govern the union-management relationship.
The first major labor law, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), guaranteed employees the right to form labor organizations and bargain collectively through their chosen representatives. The NRLA made it illegal for employers to:
- Interfere with the formation of a labor union, including aspects of financial support
- Interfere with employees exercising their rights to organize and bargain collectively
- Impose employment conditions that encourage or discourage union membership
- Retaliate against whistleblowers under the NRLA
The NLRA also established the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which administers and enforces these labor laws.
The Labor-Management Relations Act, also known as the Taft-Hartley Act, is another major labor law. The Act limits union power and prohibits unfair labor practices, including:
- Prohibiting unfair labor practices committed by employers
- Prohibiting unfair labor practices committed by unions
- Prohibiting jurisdictional strikes, wildcat strikes, solidarity or political strikes, secondary boycotts, secondary and mass picketing, closed shops, and monetary donations by unions to federal political campaigns
Modern labor law combines aspects of the NLRA and the Taft-Hartley Act to both protect organized labor and limit excesses in union power.
Labor law attorneys helping employees and employers
Miami attorney Ena T. Diaz provides assistance for both labor and management in all types of organized labor matters, including:
- Labor law compliance
- Union avoidance campaigns
- Illegal union picketing and secondary boycott activities
- National Labor Relations Board unfair labor claims
- Negotiating or enforcing collective bargaining agreements
Because labor disputes can effectively halt all business productivity, it is essential to resolve disputes as efficiently as possible. As an experienced mediator, arbitrator, and litigator, attorney Ena T. Diaz helps labor and management find workable solutions for all their labor disputes.
Protect your rights by contacting a Miami labor lawyer
Ena T. Diaz represents labor and management in organized labor matters with the goal of preventing and effectively resolving disputes. Contact the Law Offices of Ena T. Diaz, P.A. for a consultation to discuss your labor or employment law matter.