National Labor Relations Act: an overview
The focus of the traditional law of unions, which makes up the major part of the area of law known as labor law, is on workers collectively and their rights as a group. This may be distinguished from employment law which focuses more on issues relating to the rights of individual employees. The body of law of which labor law is comprised is notable for the primacy of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA is codified at 29 U.S.C. §§ 151-169 and purports to serve the national interest of the United States regarding labor relations within the country. As may be noted during periods of widespread strikes, uneasy relations in this sphere can very quickly and severely have an adverse effect on the entire country. Clear policy regarding labor and management encourages the best interests of the United States which is to maintain full economic production. Industrial peace is essential to a functioning economy. The NLRA seeks to limit industrial strife among employers, employees, and labor organizations which could hinder full production in the United States economy.