Labor Union Law and Regulation, with 2015 Cumulative Supplement

This treatise, authored by experts in the field, covers laws and regulations that affect unions, members, and other represented employees, and includes in-depth discussion of the Landrum-Griffin Act (LMRDA).


Fill the void in the complex area of labor union law with the only book of this magnitude covering laws and regulations affecting the union, its members, and other represented employees. Labor Union Law and Regulation organizes and clarifies the widely varying laws and regulations governing labor unions. This exhaustive treatise, written by recognized experts in the field, covers all significant aspects of labor union laws and regulations, including in-depth discussions of the Landrum-Griffin Act (LMRDA).

Labor Union Law and Regulation differs from the traditional approach to labor union law that organizes the subject by statutes and, instead, arranges chapters to address the various federal and state regulations by reference to a particular subject. This approach facilitates a clearer, more practical understanding of the law and the interaction of its various requirements. The authors are all seasoned practitioners who provide incisive analysis and valuable guidance as they explore every facet of labor union law. 


Summary of Contents

Chapter 1 - Union/Member Rights and Obligations

Chapter 2 - Union Finances: Funding, Fiduciary Responsibilities, and Reporting

Chapter 3 - Internal Union Elections

Chapter 4 - The Duty of Fair Representation

Chapter 5 - Union Security

Chapter 6 - Legal Relations Between Related and Autonomous Labor Organizations

Appendix A - Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959

Appendix B - Taft-Hartley Act, Section 301

Appendix C - Office of Labor-Management Standards: Standards of Conduct

Appendix D - Office of Labor-Management Standards: Rules and Regulations

Appendix E - DOL Office of Labor-Management Standards Internet Site

Appendix F - AFL-CIO Constitution Articles XX and XXI

Appendix G - States With Right to Work Laws

Table of Cases


Supplement Information

The 2015 Cumulative Supplement to Labor Union Law and Regulation addresses new developments in the law applicable to union governance including:

  • New developments under the LMRDA regarding the use of electronic mail in internal union elections
  • Presentation of the critically important issues of union security law in the public sector under Abood v. Detroit Board of Education in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Knox v. Service Employees Local 1000 and Harris v. Quinn, and in anticipation of its consideration of the issues in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Ass'n  
  • NLRB case law regarding the Union’s obligation to monitor its Facebook page
  • Section 301 preemption issues arising from disputes under the AFL-CIO Constitution



Bloomberg BNA authors and editors are practicing professionals with insider perspectives and real-life experience. Learn more about this book’s authors and editors.

William W. Osborne, Jr., Osborne Law Offices, P.C., Washington, DC, has engaged in the practice of union-side labor law and employee representation since 1976.


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Read what others have to say about this Bloomberg BNA book. 

"Until now, there has not been a reference work to analyze the complex area of internal union affairs and the rights of individual employees as they interact with unions. This valuable book is one that I keep close at hand."

Charles I. Cohen

Former NLRB Member and Management Attorney; Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Washington DC