Harrisburg National Labor Relations Act Lawyer (NLRA)
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was first passed in 1935 to protect the rights of employees to form unions, engage in collective bargaining, and conduct other activity together for their mutual aid and protection. Eighty years later, the NLRA and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are still here and still provide legal protections for workers today. And with over 100 years of combined legal experience, the Harrisburg NLRA lawyers at Ira H. Weinstock, P.C. are here to help workers throughout Pennsylvania exercise their rights under the law. Below is a brief overview of worker rights under the NLRA.
Section 7 – Rights of Employees
Section 7 of the NLRA is a brief statement of the rights of employees under the Act. Section 7 states that
Employees shall have the right
- to self-organization,
- to form, join, or assist labor organizations,
- to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing,
- and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection
“Concerted activity” only requires two or more employees acting together (“in concert”) to improve their hours, pay, working conditions or other aspects of their job. Note that you do not have to belong to a union to have rights protected by the NLRA. Even if you are speaking to your employer by yourself, so long as you are acting on behalf of at least one other worker, you are engaging in protected concerted activity under the NLRA.
Section 8 – Unfair Labor Practices
Section 8 is considerably longer than Section 7. It lists actions which may constitute unfair labor practices. Regarding worker rights, Section 8 lists several ULPs which may not be committed by the employer.
Employer unfair labor practices include:
- Interfering with, restraining or coercing employees in the exercise of their Section 7 rights
- Dominating or interfering with the formation or administration of a labor union
- Encouraging or discouraging membership in a union by discriminating in regard to hiring or any term or condition of employment
- Firing or otherwise discriminating against an employee for filing charges or giving testimony under the NLRA
Pennsylvania Labor Lawyers Standing up for Worker Rights
The labor lawyers at the law office of Ira H. Weinstock, P.C. stand up for the rights of workers. We help workers exercise their rights under the NLRA, and we hold employers accountable when they violate those rights. For advice and representation in any labor matter, call (717) 238-1657.