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What is the National Labor Relations Act?

Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in 1935. This Act remains the most foundational piece of legislation for protecting the labor rights of private-sector employees. A long history of court decisions has strengthened this law to ensure workers' rights are preserved across industries.

The NLRA dictates the labor interactions between employers, employees, and unions. Importantly, it safeguards employees from undue influence or treatment from their employers. 

Retaliation based on the exercise of workplace rights is illegal, so it is vital that you are familiar with the rights described in Section 7 of the NLRA and able to recognize violations.

The National Labor Relations Act protects you from an employer interfering with your freedom of speech at work. Here’s how! 

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