National Labor Relations Act – Enacted in 1935
The board divides bargaining into two categories: Mandatory subjects must be bargained and Permissive subjects are not required to be bargained.
Examples of Mandatory Bargaining Subjects
Labor Relations Commission - Commonwealth of Mass
National Labor Relations Board
Barnstable Municipal Employees Association
David Anthony, Chief
Charlie Lewis, Chief Steward
School Administration Offices
BMEA members can send an email to the president of the association for general concerns or to the person in charge of the stewards for steward-related matters. You are always welcome to call an officer or steward using the phone numbers provided in this website.
The following information is to provide you with knowledge of your rights and how they came to be under State and Federal Law. These are condensed versions. You may go to the Dept. of Labor and the State Labor Commission through the links on the Home Page for more detailed information. If you have any questions regarding your work environment, please contact a union steward listed on this page.
In 1958 – All public employees (except police officers) in Massachusetts are granted the right to join unions and to “present proposals” to public employers.
In 1973 – Mass General Law c.150E is enacted, granting full collective bargaining rights to most state and municipal employees.