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National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act, also called the Wagner Act, stands as the prevailing framework for labor relations in the United States, covering union-management relations in virtually every private firm in operation. The law, enacted in 1935, protects workers from the effects of unfair labor practices by employers and requires employers to recognize and bargain collectively with a union that the workers elect to represent them (Gold, 1998). The NLRA guarantees employees “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 concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid and protection.”

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