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When the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA") was enacted, both labor and management believed that it would pave the way for unionization and the spread of collective bargaining. The key provisions that led to such great hopes by unions and their supporters remain in force, but after many years of working with the NLRA, optimism has given way to cynicism and despair about the law's ability to protect workers and enhance collective bargaining. This Essay provides tentative suggestions for structuring a legislative agenda that would make basic labor law more even handed and protective of basic worker rights. Recognizing that basic labor law is currently not a friend to unions, the Essay concludes that even though efforts to improve it are likely to meet with significant resistance, they are, nevertheless, worth the effort.


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  • Subject
    • Labor and Employment Law

  • Journal title
    • Boston College Law Review

  • Volume
    • 45

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Pagination
    • 125

  • Date submitted

    6 September 2022