Louisiana Unions laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Unions: What you need to know

The right of workers in private employment to form unions and bargain collectively with their employers is guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and related federal laws. Because Louisiana has no comprehensive law in this area, the federal protections are the governing law of the state.
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One area that has been left to the states is the protection of a worker's right to join or not to join a union. Like many states, Louisiana has a law that protects this right. Such laws are commonly known as “right-to-work” laws. Louisiana's right-to-work law protects a worker's right to form, join, and assist a labor organization or to refrain from such activities. As such, it is unlawful to force a worker, as a condition of employment, to become or remain a union member or to pay union dues. Any contract between a labor organization and employer that violates the state's right-to-work law is unenforceable. In addition, union contracts calling for union shops (in which new hires must join the union within some specified period of time) are void and unenforceable (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:981et seq.).
Louisiana public policy states that employees have a right to full freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives of their own choosing to negotiate terms and conditions of employment. Employees must be kept free from interference, restraint, or coercion in this process (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:822). It is also against public policy for either party to a contract to promise to join or refrain from joining a labor organization, and any such contract is unenforceable (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:823). Anyone who coerces or influences a person to join ...

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