The National Labor Relations Board is proud of its 75-year history of enforcing the
National Labor Relations Act, the primary law governing relations between
employers and employees in the private sector. On July 5, 1935, President
Franklin Roosevelt signed the Act into law, stating that the law sought to achieve
"common justice and economic advance." Starting in the Great Depression and continuing through World War II and the economic growth and challenges that followed, the NLRB has worked to guarantee the rights of employees to bargain collectively, if they choose to do so.
We share here some of this rich history of both the Board and the Act.