The subject of labor law deals principally with the relationship between employers and unions. The course therefore deals with issues that arise daily, inasmuch as there are always ongoing union organizational campaigns, collective bargaining disputes, strikes, lockouts, grievance-arbitrations, and related matters. The student will develop skills that can lead to a career with management-side law firms, union-side law firms, the National Labor Relations Board and public interest law firms.
This course will survey the National Labor Relations Act. We will cover the scope of employee rights to engage in union activities; the National Labor Relations Board procedures for elections and unfair labor practice charges; the collective bargaining process; the duties of successor employers; strikes and lockouts; grievance and arbitration procedures; and a union’s duty of fair representation. We will also cover secondary boycotts, federal/state pre-emption, and discuss how the Railway Labor Act (covering the railroad and airline industries) compares with the National Labor Relations Act.
The course also covers employee rights to engage in group activities, even in the absence of a union.