Vol. 9, No. 1, September 2006
State labor law information for Massachusetts is provided at this web site. Topics include worker's compensation, minimum wage, occupational safety, and collective bargaining. Sections devoted to the Labor Relations Commission and the Board of Conciliation and Arbitration detail two dispute resolution options. The Labor Relations Commission adjudicates disputes between employers and employees; opinions are distributed via email to interested parties. Summaries of past decisions are available online. The Board of Conciliation and Arbitration provides an alternative method of resolving such issues. Their processes are detailed on the website.
As the Department of Labor's website is quite extensive, the pages displaying information by topic and audience are useful, as well as the "A to Z Index" and search function. The site provides primary labor law sources, including statutes and regulations. A variety of agency information is available, including administrative decisions and reports. Also contained are various statistical data, press releases, and links to other labor sites.
Statistical material is primarily arraged by topic, from Inflation & Consumer Spending, to Occupations and Business Costs. This resource is fully searchable and users can utilize search parameters to create customized databases from statistical sources. The Occupational Handbook, fully searchable, and other publications and research papers are available. The front page provides the current value of economic indicators, as well as popular questions about the economy. Also of interest is the clickable Regional Resources map, where you can view a region, state, or metropolitan area's economy.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) provides weekly summaries of the Board's activities and public notices. Each week's NLRB decisions concerning unfair labor practices and representation election cases are summarized, except for summary judgment cases. All decisions of NLRB administrative law judges are provided. Most useful are the NLRB decisions, available beginning with volume 272, and also the Board's rules and regulations. Links to the various NLRB field offices sites are available.
This site includes links to unions and other labor organizations. There are links to sites providing information on issues of concern to women, a collection of speeches, press releases, and testimony. Of interest is information on how to become a trained union organizer, and information on legislative activity of interest to the union community.