Labor Law

A lot of workers think they have important rights guaranteed by law. The fact of the matter is that the United States has the weakest labor laws of any major industrialized country. In the absence of a union contract workers have very minimal legal rights and even the few they have may be difficult to enforce. Nor do even unionized workers have much legal protection if they venture to go on strike. If you're on strike, or locked out, for “economic” issues the boss has the legal right to replace you with a scab. That's not allowed in most other countries. Still, it's important to know the law and to take advantage of it where we can. Here's some links that may help.

See Kansas City labor attorney Doug Bonney's series of articles on Know Your Rights

National Employment Law Project

Teens @ Work

The Association for Union Democracy

All Law
American Bar Association Labor Law

Bureau of Labor Statistics Laws and Regulations
FindLaw's Labor Law Directory
FindLaw: Internet Legal Resources
GPO Access
GPO Gate
Hieros Gamos
Labor Law Links
Law and Court Related Web Sites
Law Journal Extra - Employment and Labor Law
Law News Network (formerly Law Journal Extra)
LawGuru
Legal Information Institute (Cornell University)
Legal Research Compass
Legalethics.com
MetaIndex for US Legal Research
National Partnership Resource Site
NLRB Casehandling Manuals
NLRB Manuals
Oyez Project - Northwestern University
State and Local Government Information
State Government and Legislative Information
StateSearch
Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice
The 'lectric Law Library
THOMAS Legislative Service
U.S. Code
U.S. House Law Library
U.S. Supreme Court Decisions
US Department of Labor - Regs
Workers Compensation Law Materials
World Wide Web Virtual Law Library


We need a major overhaul of labor law in this country. See the Labor Party resolution for a Workplace Bill of Rights.

Labor Party Discussion Paper, Toward a New Labor Law

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