Carol Brooke


The debate over section 8(a)(2) of the National Labor Relations Act and the appropriate role of employer-sponsored employee participation plans ("EPPs") in the workplace coincides with growing attention to the usefulness of nonmajority unions ("NMUs") in providing a voice for workers. This Note examines the effectiveness of an NMU in a manufacturing plant in rural North Carolina, and the interaction of that worker-run organization with EPPs established by management. The experience of these workers suggests that section 8(a)(2) should be amended to require employers with EPPs to offer equal support and assistance to NMUs.

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