Unions represent groups of employees in certain trades and professions, and engage in "collective bargaining" -- negotiation between an employer and unionized employees in which certain work conditions and terms of employment are decided. Although in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century the power of unions have declined, over the years they have been responsible for many of the employee rights we enjoy today. Some employees, particularly government employees, are still unionized. Below you will find information on unions, rights of union members, and obligations of employers when dealing with represented employees and unionization efforts.
- Unions Basics (Small Business Center)
Visit FindLaw's Small Business Center to learn more about the basics on unions, collective bargaining, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), and how this can affect your rights as an employee or an employer.
- Union Member Rights and Officer Responsibilities
Union officers have an important responsibility to protect the rights of union members. Learn about the rights afforded to union members and some of the responsibilities union officers have to meet.
- Union Member Rights FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions about membership in a union and potential disputes, with links to key resources. Read this helpful FAQ to learn your rights as a union member and how unions can help protect you.
- What is Collective Bargaining?
One of the most powerful tools unions have at their disposal is collective bargaining, which is when all the employees band together to get better working conditions. Find out more here.
- FLSA Reference Guide
Comprehensive overview of the Fair Labor Standard Act, or FSLA, which is the key federal law covering wages, employee classification, hours, and other important labor rights and obligations.
- Wages & Benefits: Overview
This informational overview article covers the basics of laws with respect to how employees are paid, such as minimum wages; what benefits are covered by these laws; overtime; and more.