Collective bargaining and union

19Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (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 other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection” and also guarantees them the right “to refrain from any or all such activities.” The National Labor Relations Board (the NLRB or Board) administers the NLRA.

The Michigan Public Employment Relations Act (PERA) provides similar rights for public-sector employees not covered by the NLRB.  PERA is administered by the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC), which is patterned after the NLRB.

Some union contracts provide that your union is your sole bargaining agent and that you must fully exhaust your remedies under the union contract before pursuing your claim in a Court of law.  It is important to consult your union representative as to each level of grievance and appeal available to you under your union contract.

The foregoing is general information only and does not constitute legal advice regarding your specific legal matter nor does it create an attorney-client relationship regarding your matter.