Construction Industry Pre-Hire Union-Security Agreements

The NLRA’s Section 8(f) allows employers engaged primarily in the building and construction industry to sign a union-security agreement with a union without the union being designated as the representative of its employees. The agreement can be made before any employees are hired for a project and it will apply to the employees when they are hired. As noted above, however, the union-security provisions of a collective bargaining contract in the building and construction industry may become effective with respect to new employees after seven full days. If the agreement is made while employees are on the job, it must allow existing employees the same seven-day grace period to comply.1

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