Wyoming Unions laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Unions: What you need to know

Most of the protections given to labor organizations are contained in the federal National Labor Relations Act. This law is “preemptive”; that is, it overrides state law in the areas that it covers, which include almost all types of private employment. But in the areas it does not cover, such as the rights of farm workers and employees of businesses that do not engage in interstate commerce, the states are free to make their own provisions. Wyoming has adopted no comprehensive law that provides for the unionization of employees not covered by federal law.
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It is the public policy of the state that workers have the right to organize and to bargain collectively for acceptable terms and conditions of employment. (WY Stat. Sec. 27-7-101). Workers must be free from the interference, restraint, or coercion of employers or their agents while exercising these rights or participating in concerted activities for their mutual aid or protection. State courts have construed this law as applying only to private industry (Retail Clerks Local 187 AFL-CIO v. University of Wyoming, 531 P.2d 884 (Wyo. 1975)).
Firefighters.Wyoming law specifically permits firefighters to organize and bargain collectively (WY Stat. Sec. 27-10-101 et seq.). The law requires the union and government employer to submit all unresolved issues to arbitration if they do not come to an agreement on a contract within 30 days of their first meeting.
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, Wyoming has a law that protects this right. Such laws are commonly known as “right-to-work” laws. The Wyoming law makes it illegal to condition ...

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