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185.08 PUBLIC POLICY DECLARED.
In the interpretation of the provisions of sections 185.07 to 185.19 and in determining the
jurisdiction and authority of the courts of the state, as such jurisdiction and authority are therein
defined and limited, the public policy of this state is hereby declared as follows.
Whereas, under prevailing economic conditions, developed with the aid of governmental
authority for owners of property to organize in the corporate and other forms of ownership
association, the individual unorganized worker is commonly helpless to exercise actual liberty
of contract and to protect freedom of labor, and thereby obtain acceptable terms and conditions
of employment, wherefore, though workers should be free to decline to associate with other
workers, it is necessary that workers have full freedom of association, self-organization,
and designation of representatives of the workers own choosing, to negotiate the terms and
conditions of employment, and that a worker shall be free from the interference, restraint, or
coercion of employers of labor, or their agents, in the designation of such representatives or
in self-organization or in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or
other mutual aid or protection; therefore, the following definitions of, and limitations upon, the
jurisdiction and authority of the courts of the state, are hereby enacted.
History: (4260-2) 1933 c 416 s 2; 1986 c 444