Enforcing Labor Rights

Source: Ellen Dannin, Employment Policy Resource Network, January 23, 2011

For years, critics have claimed that the National Labor Relations Act and the National Labor Relations Board are, at best, ineffective and, at worst, an enemy of labor. Union critics complain that unfair labor practice and election cases languish for years and that NLRA remedies are so weak it is not worth filing a charge.

What are the facts?…

…Setting out a strategy to strengthen NLRA remedies would take at least a book. One book that discusses remedies in detail is Taking Back the Workers’ Law – How to Fight the Assault on Labor Rights. Other sources on this issue may be found here, here, here, and here.

In sum, even if the most extreme criticisms of the NLRA are not accurate, it would not be wise to dismiss them completely. The NLRB could certainly do more to enforce the NLRA and to promote Congress policy. Elections need to be held more quickly. And the NLRB needs to order remedies that live up to Congress’ mandate when it enacted the National Labor Relations Act..

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