Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935 largely as a way of raising depression-era wages. The law gives employees basic rights to participate in unions, bargain collectively about compensation/ work conditions and engage in other protected "concerted activities."
A dozen years later, Congress decided the original law gave unions too much power, so it passed the Taft-Hartley Act to provide a more even playing field for labor and.
The recent split among labor unions that spun off the "Change to Win" coalition of union groups has energized some parts of organized labor. Consequently, unions are trying innovative approaches to organizing.
One new tactic: Unions approach employers claiming to represent a minority of employees in that work force. They then ask to begin contract negotiations.
Additionally, the NLRB and the courts have increasingly ruled that the NLRA applies to n...(register to read more)