Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

Full Bio →

Written by

UPDATED: Jan 3, 2011

Advertiser Disclosure

It’s all about you. We want to help you make the right legal decisions.

We strive to help you make confident insurance and legal decisions. Finding trusted and reliable insurance quotes and legal advice should be easy. This doesn’t influence our content. Our opinions are our own.

Editorial Guidelines: We are a free online resource for anyone interested in learning more about legal topics and insurance. Our goal is to be an objective, third-party resource for everything legal and insurance related. We update our site regularly, and all content is reviewed by experts.

Unions get their legal standing from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to provide collective bargaining leverage for workers with respect to workplace practices established by their employers. While you as an individual employee may not have much bargaining power, a union of employees has greater strength when negotiating with an employer as well as through the use of structured grievance procedures for resolving disputes. Your employer cannot interfere with your protected right to join or organize a union on behalf of co-workers and the employer cannot restrain or coerce you when you exercise your rights to promote a union.

Though it covers most workers, employees who are not covered include: railroad and airline employees, government employees, managers, farm workers, members of an employer’s family, domestic workers, and independent contractors. Railroad and airline workers are covered under the Railway Labor Act, and Title VII of the Civil Service Reform Act regulates the work situations of the government employees excluded from coverage under the NLRA.

 

 

 

 

(Reviewed 9-08)