A Primer on American Labor Law is an accessible guide for non-specialists and labor lawyers - labor and management representatives, students and general practice lawyers, and trade unionists, government officials and academics from other countries. It covers topics such as the National Labor Relations Act, unfair labor practices, the collective bargaining relationship, dispute resolution, the public sector and public-interest labor law. This updated fifth edition contains extensive new materials covering developments that include the repeal or change in public employee labor law and the development of case law relating to wrongful dismissals and pension reform in the public sector; bankruptcy in both the private and public sector; ADA litigation and 2008 amendments of that statute; new cases on all subjects, but particularly Bush and Obama NLRB decisions, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, and retaliation; and the globalization of labor disputes in labor-management relations in the United States, with particular reference to professional sports disputes and the extraterritoriality of American labor law generally.
1. An overview; 2. Industrial relations and labor law before modern legislation; 3. The National Labor Relations Act; 4. Unfair labor practices; 5. Establishing the collective bargaining relationship: organization and recognition; 6. Economic pressure and bargaining tactics in the established relationship; 7. Remedies, the Labor Reform Bill of 1978, and the Employee Free Choice Bill of 2009; 8. Dispute resolution in the established relationship; 9. The duty of fair representation; 10. The public sector; 11. Public-interest labor law; 12. Conclusion.