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About NLRB

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Rights We Protect

The National Labor Relations Board protects the rights of most private-sector employees to join together, with or without a union, to improve their wages and working conditions. If you believe your rights have been violated, or that an employer or a union has engaged in unlawful conduct, you may file a charge through one of our regional offices. Petitions for representation and decertification elections may also be filed at regional offices.


Your Rights

Learn more about employee rights, employer and union rights and obligations, the right to strike, the use of social media under the NLRA, and workplace retaliation.

The Law

National Labor Relations Act Congress enacted the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") in 1935 to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, businesses and the U.S. economy.

Our Enforcement Activity

10(j) Activity Protected Concerted Activity The law we enforce gives employees the right to act together to try to improve their pay and working conditions or fix job-related problems, even if they aren't in a union.