Labor Law: A Union's Duty to Furnish Information to an Employer for Purposes of Collective Bargaining
Oakland Press Co., 233 N.L.R.B. No. 144 (1977).
Recently, in Oakland Press Co., the National Labor Relations Board held that a union has an affirmative duty to furnish information to an employer which is "relevant and necessary" to the bargaining process. Oakland Press claimed that the failure of the Printing and Graphic Communications Union to provide certain requested information was an unfair labor practice in violation of section 158(b)(3) of the National Labor Relations Act. Oakland asserted that a union's duty to furnish information under section 158(b)(3) was parallel to an employer's duty to furnish information under section 158(a)(5). An employer has had a general duty to furnish information necessary for a union's intelligent bargaining and presentation of issues since the passage of the original Act. It was not until the Oakland Press decision that this duty was extended to a union. This note examines the duty of a labor organization to furnish requested information to an employer in light of the Oakland Press decision.
Ireland, D. Jeffrey
"Labor Law: A Union's Duty to Furnish Information to an Employer for Purposes of Collective Bargaining,"
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