Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy Anniversary, National Labor Relations Act and NLRB!

Today marked the 75th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Board's enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between employers and employees in the private sector, which was signed by President Franklin Roosevelt on July 5, 1935. From the NLRB press release on the landmark:
In the midst of the Great Depression, at a time marked by high unemployment and severe economic distress for many workers, President Roosevelt stated that the law sought to achieve "common justice and economic advance." Since then, through the Second World War and the economic growth and challenges that followed, millions of employees have voted in NLRB conducted workplace elections and millions more have bargained collectively with their employers under the NLRB’s protection.

“Both our country and our world have changed a great deal over the last eight decades, but the values reflected in the National Labor Relations Act – democracy in the workplace and fairness in the economy – are still vitally important,” said Chairman Wilma Liebman. In fiscal year 2009 alone, the Agency conducted 1.690 representation elections, received 22,941 charges of unfair labor practices, recovered more than $77 million in back pay and ensured that more than 1,500 wrongfully discharged employees were offered reinstatement to their jobs.

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