An Act To diminish the causes of labor disputes burdening or obstructing interstate and foreign commerce, to create a National Labor Relations Board, and for other purposes

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It is hereby declared to be the policy of the United States to eliminate the causes of certain substantial obstructions to the free flow of commerce and to mitigate and eliminate these obstructions when they have occurred by encouraging the practice and procedure of collective bargaining and by protecting the exercise by workers of full freedom of association, self-organization, and designation of representatives of their own choosing, for the purpose of negotiating the terms and conditions of their employment or other mutual aid or protection. The act includes: definitions; the creation and composition of the National Labor Relations Board; rights of employees; representatives and elections; prevention of unfair labor practices; investigatory powers and limitations.


  • National Labor Relations Act
  • National Labor Relations Board


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 49 Stat. 449
  • Title 15, Commerce and Trade
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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49 Stat. 449 (1935); ch. 372 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1936
  • 07/05/1935


  • Labor laws and legislation
  • Negotiation in business
  • Unfair labor practices
  • Industrial relations
  • Personnel management
  • Employees
  • Collective bargaining
  • Freedom of association
  • Employee rights


Public Law

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Number of pages: 9; Page Numbers: 449-457

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