Labor Practice

What is an Unfair Labor Practice?

An employer or union commits an unfair labor practice (ULP) when it violates state collective bargaining laws relating to employees under the following statutes:

The laws covering public sector employees in Washington generally forbid employers and unions from:

  • Interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of their rights to organize and collectively bargain
  • Discriminating against an employee for exercising their rights under the state collective bargaining laws
  • Refusing to collectively bargain with the employer or union over wages, hours or working conditions

Examples of Employers ULPs

Examples of Union ULPs

Who can file a complaint?

On what basis can an individual employee file a complaint?

Hiring an attorney

Settlement without a hearing

What to expect at an unfair labor practice hearing

Notification of PERCS decision

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Not a Public Employee?

Not Represented by a Union?

Private Sector Employee

​National Labor Relations Board at 206.220.6300 or nlrb.gov

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service at 206.553.5800 or fmcs.gov

Discrimination Complaints

Human Rights Commission at 800.233.3247 or hum.wa.gov

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 800.669.4000 or eeoc.gov

Employment Standards/Workplace Rights

Department of Labor and Industries at 866.219.7321 or lni.wa.gov

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