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BRASS Business Guide - LABOR RELATIONS: Getting Started

Co-authored by BRASS and the AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee


The term "labor relations" refers to the relationship between employers and groups of employees, usually labor unions, and the surrounding legal, social, and economic context that informs it. The resources in this guide encompass labor relations in both the public and private sector.

AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee

This guide is a collaboration between BRASS and the AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Committee

Founded in 1946, the AFL-CIO/ALA Labor Commitee is a joint committee of the American Library Association and the AFL-CIO, located within RUSA. The Labor Committee's mission is to initiate, develop, and foster, through the organizational structures of the ALA and the AFL-CIO, ways and means of effecting closer cooperation between librarian and labor organizations and the large constituency represented by the labor organizations.

Vocabulary Assistance

For help in navigating the specialized vocabulary used by labor relations practitioners, see the following guides:



8139   Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations

81393   Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations

813930   Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations: this industry comprises establishments primarily engaged in promoting the interests of organized labor and union employees.

813930  Unions (except apprenticeship programs), labor

813930  Labor unions (except apprenticeship programs)

813930  Labor federations

813930  Industrial labor unions

813930  Federations of labor

813930  Federation of workers, labor organizations

813930  Trade unions (except apprenticeship programs)

813930  Trade unions, local

9261   Administration of Economic Programs

926110  Labor statistics agencies

926150  Labor management negotiations boards, government

926150  Inspection for labor standards

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