Wagner Act

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Definition: Wagner Act

Wagner act has been named after New York senator Robert F Wagner, Previously known as The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It is the pillar of US Labor law guaranteeing basic rights to all the associated parties be it private sector employees. It provides the private sector to engage in collective bargaining for work conditions which are employee friendly, organizing & forming trade unions. 

It prohibited all the employees from engaging in any unfair practices be it setting up unions in a company, firing (or) discriminating against the workers. Also, it barred employers from refusal to bargain with any union which is NLRBB certified.

According to this act the following acts have been made illegal:

(a) Section 8.a.1 which states that employer’s interference, restraint or coercion directed against any kind of collective activity e.g union.

(b) Section 8.a.2 stating employers domination of unions

(c) Section 8.a.3 stating discrimination against the employees who are a part of the unions.

(d) Employers refusal to bargain in good faith with union representatives (Section 8.a.5)

Hence, this concludes the definition of Wagner Act along with its overview.


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