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The NLRA and the NLRB

Learn about the history and structure of the NLRA and the NLRB’s role in administering and enforcing the statute.


Labor law deals primarily with unions and unionized employees, although federal labor statutes protect nonunionized workers as well. Federal labor law applies to private-sector employees, whereas public-sector labor law is mostly a matter of state law. This course focuses primarily on private-sector employees.

I. Early Labor-Law History

Throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, employers prevented collective worker activity by using the law and the courts. Courts enjoined...