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Labor Law

Researching law and policy of labor relations.

NLRA History

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) was enacted in 1935 and has had two major amendments (along with many smaller ones).

  • National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act), ch. 372, 49 Stat. 449 (1935), HeinOnline logo HeinOnline
  • Labor Management Relations Act (Taft-Hartley Act), ch. 120, 61 Stat. 136 (1947), HeinOnline logoHeinOnline
  • Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (Griffin-Landrum Act), Pub. L. 86-257, 73 Stat. 519 (1959), HeinOnline logoHeinOnline

The Wagner Act was selected by the National Archives as one of 100 Milestone Documents of American History.

NLRA Codified

The NLRA is codified at 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-169.

Note: lawyers and judges often refer to the original section numbers, rather than the U.S.C. section numbers—for example, saying "Section 1 rights" or "an 8(a)(1) violation."

  • For the original sections of the Wagner Act, you can just add 150: Section 1 of the Act is 29 U.S.C. § 151, Section 2 of the Act is 29 U.S.C. § 152, etc.
  • The statute on the NLRB website shows both sets of numbers.

Annotated Codes

Use an annotated United States Code to find case summaries, law review articles, and more.

USCA volumesUnited States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.) (available on Westlaw logoWestlaw)

USCS volumeUnited States Code Service (U.S.C.S.) (available on LexisNexis logoLexisNexis) 

These volumes give a sense of how much labor law has been developed by case law. For example, in U.S.C.A. an entire volume is devoted to 29 U.S.C.A. § 158 (§ 8 of the Act). The statute itself takes up 7 1/2 pages. Annotations take up the remainder of the 1112-page volume.