Nebraska Unions laws & HR compliance analysis

Nebraska 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 and related federal laws. The NLRA is preemptive, meaning that it supersedes state law in the areas that it covers. However, in areas not covered by the NLRA, such as the rights of public employees and the rights of private employees who are not engaged in interstate commerce, the states are free to make their own provisions.
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Like many states, Nebraska has no comprehensive labor relations law of its own. The federal protections are the governing law of the state for private employees engaged in interstate commerce. The following is a discussion of certain provisions of Nebraska law regarding the rights of employees not covered by the NLRA.
Nebraska law gives private employees the right of self-organization, and the right to form, join, and assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively, to engage in lawful concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid and protection, and to refrain from these activities. The law also prohibits secondary boycotts among private employees. However, the law does not prohibit sympathetic strikes in support of those in similar occupations working for other employers in the same field (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-901 et seq.).
Nebraska gives public employees the right to organize, join unions, and bargain collectively under the Industrial Relations Act (NE Rev. Stat. Sec. 48-801et seq.). The Act also gives public employees the right to refrain from these activities. In order to ensure the uninterrupted functioning of government services, public employees may ...

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