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Labor Unions: Researching Unions

This guide will give and overview of labor unions.

USA.gov Response

Answers.usa.gov has a great description of labor unions and resources. Once you go to Answers.usa.gov, search for labor unions and resources will be at your disposal. 

National Labor Relations Board

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): The NLRB works to protect employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have union representation. The agency also tries to prevent and change unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency vested with the power to safeguard employees' rights to organize and to determine whether to have unions as their bargaining representative.

Finding Specifics about Unions

Finding information about unions can be daunting. In order to find information about unions you may want to use the industry you are researching. Here is what the Library of Congress suggests from http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/tgm005736/:

For Example:

  • Use the county, cite or state                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Include activities and structures;

  • Include what type of union, such as:
  • Labor organizations
  • Trade unions
  • Labor
  • Organizations

 Include the Industry:

  • Agricultural laborers' unions 
  • Automobile industry unions 
  • Bricklayers' unions 
  • Carpenters' unions
  • Chorus girls' unions
  • Clothing industry unions
  • Guilds
  • Longshoremen's unions 
  • Miners' unions 
  • Musicians' unions 
  • Printers' unions 
  • Railroad employees' unions
  • Textile industry unions 
  • Tobacco industry unions 

 Related aspects of unions:

  • Contract negotiations 
  • Employee rights 
  • Industrial arbitration
  • Labor leaders 
  • Pickets 
  • Strikes