Employer obligations in labor union negotiations

As an employer in Minnesota, it is important that you prepare yourself for labor union negotiations. If your employees are part of a union, they have certain rights that you must respect. In addition, we at Dunlap & Seegar PA want you to know that you also have rights given to you under the National Labor Relations Act.

According to the National Labor Relations Board, your main right as an employer is to be allowed to negotiate and bargain with the union. The union cannot simply demand certain points without giving you the chance to counteroffer. You must also respect the idea of good faith in your negotiations and the union must do this also.

The idea of good faith is based on both sides being willing to give the other side a chance and coming into negotiations with an open mind. It is important that while you are involved in talks with the union that you do not do anything that could be seen as trying to coerce your employees or make any changes to employment that could affect the bargaining because this would be against the idea of good faith. In addition, the union cannot do certain things that would unnecessarily make bargaining difficult, such as demand a meeting time that is inconvenient, and neither can you.

The NLRB can make determinations on whether either side is not meeting good faith requirements. In fact, the agency is responsible for overseeing unions and union-employer interacts to ensure they fall under the guidelines set by the National Labor Relations Act. Learn more by visiting our website

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