Member at WorkThere have been many workers rights laws and regulations have been enacted to protect workers and their rights on the jobs.  Many of these were either designed and written by Labor Unions or had the support of Labor Unions even when the law or regulation may not have been an improvement for their members.  For example, Unions support increasing minimum wage laws even though their contracts may provide for pay well above the required minimum wage. 

Unions and workers rights laws and regulations have set the minimum standard companies are required to provide for their workers, whether they have a union contract or not.

Below you will find links to some workers rights laws and regulations as well as other useful information on grocery industry discussions.  If you have any suggestions or ones you would like to see added please contact us.

Industry Negotiations Glossary

Bargaining Unit:  A group of employees with a clear and identifiable community of interests who are (under U.S. law) represented by a single labor union in collective bargaining and other dealings with management.

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Years of sacrifice culminated in the passage of legislation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. When the bill was introduced, there was lengthy debate of its contents. Southern congressmen fought against it with every breath. However, the public mode was behind change, and change is what was received with the passage of this bill. It was the most significant piece of legislation to date, and it has had a lasting effect in the elimination of discrimination and segregation.

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Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

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The National Labor Relations Act

The NLRA was enacted by Congress in 1935. It was hailed at the time and for many years after as the Magna Carta of America labor. Previously, employers had been free to spy on, interrogate, discipline, discharge, and blacklist union members. But in the 1930's workers began to organize militantly.

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