Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Child and Family Law Courses

335: Labor Law

Credit Hours



This course examines the development of the law under the National Labor Relations Act. This statute and its decisional law are the primary means of governmental regulation of the union management relationship in the private sector. The organizational process and the collective bargaining process are the fundamental arenas in which to study the rights and duties of three separate entities: the individual, the union, and the employer.

Topics that may be covered include: (1) procedures and principles governing both the selection and decertification of unions; (2) the free speech, access and other rights of management and unions during an organizational campaign; (3) the duty to bargain in good faith; (4) the laws respecting strikes, lockouts, boycotts, and other concerted action by employees; (5) the duty of fair representation; (6) compulsory dues and other payment to unions; (7) the enforcement of collective bargaining agreements in grievance-arbitration and/or court action; and (8) the procedural and substantive law governing "unfair labor practices," by both employers and unions. (Cooper, Luetkemeyer)