Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Labor Law

594 | 3.0 credits


The course covers basic federal law and policy regulating industrial relations as codified in the National Labor Relations Act and its progeny. Principal topics include employees' rights to act in concert for mutual aid or protection and to form and join labor organizations (and their rights not to do so); the representation process; the employer's duty to bargain collectively and in good faith; strikes, lockouts, and other economic weapons; the National Labor Relations Board and its practices and procedures for enforcing the NLRA by conducting elections and investigating and adjudicating unfair labor practices; industrial self-government, including the grievance and arbitration system; the union's duty of fair representation; and regulation of the employee-union relationship. Although the course will focus on the laws governing industrial relations in the private sector in the U.S., it will consider as past and prologue the history of the labor movement, including what some view as a recent decline in the role of labor organizations in the American workplace, and its effect on the development of the law.