Union Awareness

  • 10 topics | 48m
  • Up to 30 languages
  • Transcripts
Decisions by the National Labor Relations Board have increased the focus on labor unions and their role in the modern workplace. This course will provide an overview of workers' rights under the various US labor laws, as well as employers' rights and obligations with respect to union activity. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


  • identify the main characteristics of labor unions
  • recognize the purpose and key objectives of the federal labor laws
  • recognize the benefits of avoiding union formation in the workplace
  • identify the practices employers can lawfully use to prevent union formation in the workplace
  • recognize what a labor union is, the purpose of federal labor laws, and union avoidance strategies
  • identify union organizing tactics
  • recognize the steps involved in the union recognition process
  • recognize union organizing tactics and the steps involved in the union recognition process
  • recognize the defining characteristics of a bargaining unit
  • identify the mandatory topics of bargaining
  • recognize examples of how an employer may legally respond to union activity
  • demonstrate an understanding of the process of bargaining and how an employer may legally respond to union activity


  • Introduction to Labor Unions
  • Federal Labor Laws
  • Union Avoidance Strategies
  • Knowledge Check: Legal Basis of Labor Unions
  • Union Organization
  • Union Recognition
  • Knowledge Check: Unionization Process
  • Bargaining
  • Employer's Response to Union Activity
  • Knowledge Check: Employer and Union Interaction