Enacted in 1935, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives employees the right to engage to be unionized or not be unionized. When the law was enacted, Congress empowered an independent agency called the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to enforce the law. One of the cornerstones of the Act are what are referred to as employees’ Section 7 Rights.
These rights apply to nearly every employee working for an employer in the private-sector (except for airlines and railroads) that has two or more employees and engages in interstate commerce. More importantly, Section 7 Rights apply to both unionized and union-free employees. In other words, even union-free employees have rights under the law.
What Section 7 Rights of the NLRA means for employees is fairly simple:
- Employees have the right to self organization without a union;
- Employees have the right to form their own labor organization (union, association, or counsel), without a third-party union;
- Employees have the right to bargain with their employer through representatives of their own choosing (even without a third-party union);
- Employees have the right to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection without a third-party union.
- Employees have a right not to join the union.
Download your copy of the Basic Guide to the NLRA here: https://www.nlrb.gov/sites/default/files/attachments/basic-page/node-3024/basicguide.pdf
As leaders and experts in the field, the CSAV360 team conducts training of the NLRA for manaegment and all employees so that their rights are known. In many instances, knowledge of these rights are essential to all employees.