The National Labor Relations Act at 75, - Looking Back; Looking Forward

On July 5, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) into law. As the 75th anniversary of the NLRA approaches, ACS convened a panel of experts to consider the legacy of the Act and discuss its future. The NLRA gave employees the right to form and join unions, and obligated employers to bargain collectively with unions selected by a majority of the employees in an appropriate bargaining unit. The Act also established an independent agency, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), to administer the Act and enforce employee rights. How has the NLRA protected workers' rights and what has it accomplished? In what ways does its promise remain unfulfilled? What statutory, structural, or administrative reforms might be recommended to improve the NLRA or the functioning of the NLRB? Scholars and former NLRB Members will address these questions and more in a lively and candid panel discussion. The May 17, 2010 event featured a noon keynote address by Deputy Secretary of the Department of Labor, Seth Harris. A panel discussion was held and featured: * Moderator, Anne M. Lofaso, Professor of Law at West Virginia University College of Law; former Vice President of the National Labor Relations Board Professional Association (2000-2003) * James J. Brudney, Newton D. Baker-Baker & Hostetler Chair in Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law * Dennis Walsh, Deput General Counsel, Federal Relations Authority * Marshall B. Babson, Partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP; former Board Member, National Labor Relations Board (1985-1988)

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