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CHAPTER 179. LABOR RELATIONS

Table of Sections
Section Headnote
MINNESOTA LABOR RELATIONS ACT
179.01 DEFINITIONS; MINNESOTA LABOR RELATIONS ACT.
179.02 BUREAU OF MEDIATION SERVICES.
179.03 POLITICAL ACTIVITIES FORBIDDEN.
179.04 EXPENSES; FEES.
179.05 [Repealed, 1987 c 45 s 9]
179.06 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.
179.07 LABOR DISPUTE AFFECTING PUBLIC INTERESTS; PROCEDURE.
179.08 POWERS OF COMMISSION APPOINTED BY COMMISSIONER.
179.083 JURISDICTIONAL CONTROVERSIES.
179.09 ARBITRATION.
179.10 JOINING LABOR ORGANIZATIONS; UNITING FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
179.11 UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES BY EMPLOYEES.
179.12 EMPLOYERS' UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES.
179.121 OPERATION OF VEHICLE WHERE DISPUTE IS IN PROGRESS.
179.13 INTERFERENCES WHICH ARE UNLAWFUL.
179.135 PROTECTION OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.
179.14 INJUNCTIONS; TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS.
179.15 VIOLATORS NOT ENTITLED TO BENEFITS OF CERTAIN SECTIONS.
179.16 REPRESENTATIVES FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.
179.17 CITATION, LABOR RELATIONS ACT.
MINNESOTA LABOR UNION DEMOCRACY ACT
179.18 DEFINITIONS; MINNESOTA LABOR UNION DEMOCRACY ACT.
179.19 ELECTION OF OFFICERS OF LABOR ORGANIZATION.
179.20 NOTICE OF ELECTIONS GIVEN.
179.21 REPORTS OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS.
179.22 LABOR REFEREE.
179.23 [Repealed, 1987 c 45 s 9]
179.231 VIOLATIONS.
179.24 [Repealed, 1987 c 45 s 9]
179.25 CITATION, LABOR UNION DEMOCRACY ACT.
179.254 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS INSURANCE BENEFIT FUNDS; DEFINITIONS.
179.255 PAYMENTS INTO HOME BENEFIT FUND.
179.256 NOTIFICATION.
179.257 APPLICATION.
CERTAIN REPRESENTATION DISPUTES;
STRIKES, BOYCOTTS PROHIBITED
179.26 DEFINITIONS; CERTAIN REPRESENTATION DISPUTES.
179.27 STRIKES OR BOYCOTTS PROHIBITED.
179.28 RECOVERY FOR TORT.
179.29 DISTRICT COURT HAS JURISDICTION.
HOSPITALS; STRIKES PROHIBITED,
COMPULSORY ARBITRATION REQUIRED
179.35 DEFINITIONS; HOSPITAL NO STRIKE AND ARBITRATION ACT.
179.36 STRIKES PROHIBITED.
179.37 LOCKOUTS PROHIBITED.
179.38 ARBITRATION MANDATORY.
179.39 SECTIONS NOT APPLICABLE.
SECONDARY BOYCOTTS PROHIBITED
179.40 SECONDARY BOYCOTT; DECLARATION OF POLICY.
179.41 SECONDARY BOYCOTT DEFINED.
179.42 UNLAWFUL ACT AND UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE.
179.43 ILLEGAL COMBINATION; VIOLATION OF PUBLIC POLICY.
179.44 UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE.
179.45 RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.
179.46 LIMITATIONS; FEDERAL ACT.
179.47 CONSTRUCTION OF SECTIONS 179.40 TO 179.47.
179.50 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.51 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.52 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.521 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.522 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.53 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.54 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.55 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.56 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.57 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.571 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.572 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.58 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
PROHIBITING COERCION OF EMPLOYEE
179.60 INTERFERING WITH EMPLOYEE OR MEMBERSHIP IN UNION.
179.61 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.62 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.63 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.64 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.65 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.66 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.67 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.68 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.69 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.691 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.692 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.70 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.71 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.72 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.73 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.74 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.741 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.7411 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.742 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.743 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.75 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.76 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.77 [Repealed, 1973 c 635 s 37]
LABOR-MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE GRANT PROGRAM
179.81 DEFINITIONS.
179.82 GRANT PROGRAM CREATED; APPLICATIONS.
179.83 ACTION ON APPLICATION.
179.84 GENERAL CONDITIONS AND TERMS OF GRANTS.
179.85 FUNDING LIMITATIONS.
PACKINGHOUSE WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS
179.86 PACKINGHOUSE WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS.
179.90 OFFICE OF COLLABORATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION.
179.91 GRANTS.

MINNESOTA LABOR RELATIONS ACT

179.01 DEFINITIONS; MINNESOTA LABOR RELATIONS ACT.

Subdivision 1.Words, terms, and phrases.

Unless the language or context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following words, terms, and phrases, for the purposes of sections 179.01 to 179.17, shall be given the meanings subjoined to them.

Subd. 2.Person.

"Person" includes individuals, partnerships, associations, corporations, trustees, and receivers.

Subd. 3.Employer.

"Employer" includes all persons employing others and all persons acting in the interest of an employer, but does not include the state, or any political or governmental subdivision thereof, nor any person subject to the Federal Railway Labor Act, as amended from time to time, nor the state or any political or governmental subdivision thereof except when used in section 179.13.

Subd. 4.Employee.

"Employee" includes, in addition to the accepted definition of the word, any employee whose work has ceased because of any unfair labor practice, as defined in section 179.12, on the part of the employer or because of any current labor dispute and who has not obtained other regular and substantially equivalent employment, but does not include any individuals employed in agricultural labor or by a parent or spouse or in domestic service of any person at the person's own home.

Subd. 5.Representative of employees.

"Representative of employees" means a labor organization or one or more individuals selected by a group of employees as provided in section 179.16.

Subd. 6.Labor organization.

"Labor organization" means any organization of employees which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of collective bargaining or of dealing with employers concerning grievances or terms or conditions of employment.

Subd. 7.Labor dispute.

"Labor dispute" includes any controversy concerning employment, tenure or conditions or terms of employment or concerning the association or right of representation of persons in negotiating, fixing, maintaining, changing, or seeking to arrange terms, tenure, or other conditions of employment, regardless of whether or not the relationship of employer and employee exists as to the disputants.

Subd. 8.Strike.

"Strike" means the temporary stoppage of work by the concerted action of two or more employees as a result of a labor dispute.

Subd. 9.Lockout.

"Lockout" is the refusal of the employer to furnish work to employees as a result of a labor dispute.

Subd. 10.Commission.

"Commission" means the commission of three members which may be appointed by the governor to conduct hearings under this chapter.

Subd. 11.Unfair labor practice.

"Unfair labor practice" means an unfair labor practice defined in sections 179.11 and 179.12.

Subd. 12.Competent evidence.

"Competent evidence" means evidence admissible in a court of equity and such other evidence other than hearsay as is relevant and material to the issue and is of such character that it would be accepted by reasonable persons as worthy of belief.

Subd. 13.Agricultural products.

"Agricultural products" includes, but is not restricted to, horticultural, viticultural, dairy, livestock, poultry, bee, and any farm products.

Subd. 14.Processor.

"Processor" means the person who first processes or prepares agricultural products, or manufactures products therefrom, for sale after receipt thereof from the producer.

Subd. 15.Marketing organization.

"Marketing organization" means any organization of producers or processors organized to engage in any activity in connection with the marketing or selling of agricultural products or with the harvesting, preserving, drying, processing, canning, packing, grading, storing, handling, shipping or utilization thereof, or the manufacturing or marketing of the by-products thereof, or in connection with the manufacturing, selling or supply of machinery, equipment, or supplies for their members or patrons.

Subd. 16.Professional strikebreaker.

"Professional strikebreaker" means any person who:

(a) makes an offer to an employer at whose place of business a labor dispute is presently in progress to work as a replacement for an employee or employees involved in such labor dispute; and

(b) during a period of five years immediately preceding such offer, has, on more than one occasion, made an offer to employers to work as a temporary employee to personally replace employees involved in labor disputes. For the purposes of this subdivision, "work" shall mean the rendering of services for wages or other consideration. For the purposes of this subdivision, "offer" shall include arrangements made for or on behalf of employers by any person.

179.02 BUREAU OF MEDIATION SERVICES.

Subdivision 1.Establishment.

There is established a Bureau of Mediation Services under the supervision and control of a commissioner. The commissioner shall be appointed by the governor under the provisions of section 15.06.

Subd. 2.Special mediators.

The commissioner may, from time to time, appoint special mediators to aid in the settlement of particular labor disputes or controversies who shall have the same power and authority as the commissioner with respect to such dispute and such appointment shall be for the duration only of the particular dispute. Such special mediators shall be paid a per diem allowance as determined by the commissioner, while so engaged and their necessary expenses.

Subd. 3.Rules.

The commissioner shall adopt rules to govern proceedings before the commissioner under the provisions of this chapter.

Subd. 4.Roster of arbitrators.

The commissioner shall maintain a roster of persons suited and qualified by training and experience to act as arbitrators of labor disputes and shall provide parties to a labor dispute with the names of persons on the roster upon written request. The commissioner shall adopt rules governing appointments to, removals from, and administration of this roster.

Subd. 5.Labor-management committees.

The commissioner may provide technical support and assistance to voluntary joint labor-management committees established for the purpose of improving relationships between unions and employers at area, industry, or work-site levels.

179.03 POLITICAL ACTIVITIES FORBIDDEN.

Any mediator, under the provisions of sections 179.01 to 179.17, who exerts personal influence, directly or indirectly, to induce any other person to adopt the mediator's political views, or to favor any particular candidate for office, or to contribute funds for political purposes shall forthwith be removed from office or position by the appointing authority; provided, that before removal the commissioner of mediation services shall be entitled to a hearing before the governor, and any other employee shall be entitled to a similar hearing before the commissioner of mediation services.

History:

(4254-23) 1939 c 440 s 3; 1969 c 1129 art 2 s 2; 1974 c 139 s 1; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 186 s 15

179.04 EXPENSES; FEES.

Subdivision 1.Travel and other expenses.

The commissioner of mediation services and employees, or any special mediator, shall be paid their actual and necessary traveling and other expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Vouchers for such expenses shall be itemized and sworn to by the person incurring the expense.

Subd. 2.Seminar and workshop fees.

The commissioner shall charge a fee to each participant at a labor relations education seminar or workshop so that all expenditures except salaries of bureau employees are reimbursed at least 100 percent. Receipts shall be credited to the general fund.

History:

(4254-24) 1939 c 440 s 4; 1969 c 1129 art 2 s 3; 1979 c 333 s 89; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 186 s 15

179.05 [Repealed, 1987 c 45 s 9]

179.06 COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.

Subdivision 1.Notices.

When any employee, employees, or representative of employees, or labor organization shall desire to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement, or make any change in any existing agreement, or shall desire any changes in the rates of pay, rules or working conditions in any place of employment, it shall give written notice to the employer of its demand, which notice shall follow the employer if the place of employment is changed, and it shall thereupon be the duty of the employer and the representative of employee or labor organization to endeavor in good faith to reach an agreement respecting such demand. An employer shall give a like notice to employees, representative, or labor organizations of any intended change in any existing agreement. If no agreement is reached at the expiration of ten days after service of such notice, any employees, representative, labor organization, or employer may at any time thereafter petition the commissioner of mediation services to take jurisdiction of the dispute and it shall be unlawful for any labor organization or representative to institute or aid in the conduct of a strike or for an employer to institute a lockout, unless such petition has been served by the party taking such action upon the commissioner and the other parties to the labor dispute at least ten days before the strike or lockout becomes effective. Unless the strike or lockout is commenced within 90 days from the date of service of the petition upon the commissioner, it shall be unlawful for any of the parties to institute or aid in the conduct of a strike or lockout without serving a new petition in the manner prescribed for the service of the original petition, provided that the 90-day period may be extended by written agreement of the parties filed with the commissioner.

A petition by the employer shall be signed by the employer or a duly authorized officer or agent; and a petition by the employees shall be signed by their representative or its officers, or by the committee selected to negotiate with the employer. In either case the petition shall be served by delivering it to the commissioner in person or by sending it by certified mail addressed to the commissioner at the commissioner's office. The petition shall state briefly the nature of the dispute and the demands of the party who serves it. Upon receipt of a petition, the commissioner shall fix a time and place for a conference with the parties to the labor dispute upon the issues involved in the dispute, and shall then take whatever steps the commissioner deems most expedient to bring about a settlement of the dispute, including assisting in negotiating and drafting a settlement agreement. It shall be the duty of all parties to a labor dispute to respond to the summons of the commissioner for joint or several conferences with the commissioner and to continue in such conference until excused by the commissioner, not beyond the ten-day period heretofore prescribed except by mutual consent of the parties.

[See Note.]

Subd. 2.Commissioner, powers and duties.

The commissioner may at the request of either party to a labor dispute render assistance in settling the dispute without the necessity of filing the formal petition referred to in subdivision 1. If the commissioner takes jurisdiction of the dispute as a result of such a request, the commissioner shall then proceed as provided in subdivision 1.

NOTE: The part of subdivision 1 that prohibits a strike or a lockout until ten days after service of a petition to the commissioner of mediation services was preempted under federal law by Faribault Daily News, Inc. v. International Typographical Union, 53 N.W.2d 36 (Minn. 1952).

179.07 LABOR DISPUTE AFFECTING PUBLIC INTERESTS; PROCEDURE.

If the dispute is in any industry, business, or institution affected with a public interest, which includes, but is not restricted to, any industry, business, or institution engaged in supplying the necessities of life, safety, or health, so that a temporary suspension of its operation would endanger the life, safety, health, or well-being of a substantial number of people of any community, the provisions of section 179.06 shall apply. The commissioner may appoint a fact finding commission composed of three members to conduct a hearing and make a report on the issues involved and the merits of the respective contentions of the parties to the dispute. If the commissioner decides to appoint a commission, the commissioner shall immediately notify the parties to the labor dispute. The members of such commission shall on account of vocations, employment, or affiliations be representatives of employees, employers, and the public, respectively. If and when the commissioner notifies the parties of the decision to appoint a commission, neither party to the dispute shall make any change in the situation affecting the dispute and no strike or lockout shall be instituted until 30 days after the commissioner's notification to the parties. If the commissioner fails to appoint a commission within five days after notification to the parties, this limitation on the parties shall be suspended and inoperative. If the commissioner thereafter appoints a commission, no strike or lockout having been instituted in the meantime, the limitation shall again become operative, but in no case for more than the original 30-day period. The 30-day period may be extended by stipulation of the parties to the labor dispute, which shall be filed with the commissioner. The commission shall meet within five days of its appointment by the commissioner and conduct the hearings which are necessary to render its report on the issues involved and merits of the contentions of the parties. The report of the commission shall be filed with the commissioner not less than five days prior to the end of the 30-day period set forth above or any extension thereof. The commissioner shall provide copies of the report to the parties to the dispute and may make the report public.

179.08 POWERS OF COMMISSION APPOINTED BY COMMISSIONER.

(a) The commission appointed by the commissioner pursuant to the provisions of section 179.07 shall have the power to issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence which relates to any matter involved in any such hearing, and may by its chair administer oaths and affirmations, and may examine witnesses. Such attendance of witnesses and the production of such evidence may be required from any place in the state at any designated place of hearing, but whenever practical hearings shall be held in a county where the labor dispute has arisen or exists.

(b) In case of contumacy or refusal to obey a subpoena issued under paragraph (a), the district court of the state for the county where the proceeding is pending or in which the person guilty of such contumacy or refusal to obey is found, or resides, or transacts business, or application by the commission shall have jurisdiction to issue to such person an order requiring such person to appear before the commission, there to produce evidence as so ordered, or there to give testimony touching the matter under investigation or in question, and any failure to obey such order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt thereof.

(c) Any party to or party affected by the dispute may appear before the commission in person or by attorney or by their representative, and shall have the right to offer competent evidence and to be heard on the issues before the report of the commission is made.

Any commissioners so appointed shall be paid a per diem allowance not to exceed that established for arbitrators in section 179A.16, subdivision 8, and their necessary expenses while serving.

179.083 JURISDICTIONAL CONTROVERSIES.

Whenever two or more labor organizations adversely claim for themselves or their members jurisdiction over certain classifications of work to be done for any employer or in any industry, or over the persons engaged in or performing such work and such jurisdictional interference or dispute is made the ground for picketing an employer or declaring a strike or boycott against the employer, the commissioner may appoint a labor referee to hear and determine the jurisdictional controversy. If the labor organizations involved in the controversy have an agreement between themselves defining their respective jurisdictions, or if they are affiliated with the same labor federation or organization which has by the charters granted to the contending organizations limited their jurisdiction, the labor referee shall determine the controversy in accordance with the proper construction of the agreement or of the provisions of the charters of the contending organizations. If there is no agreement or charter which governs the controversy, the labor referee shall make such decision as, in consideration of past history of the organization, harmonious operation of the industry, and most effective representation for collective bargaining, will best promote industrial peace. If the labor organizations involved in the controversy so desire, they may submit the controversy to a tribunal of the federation or labor organization which has granted their charters or to arbitration before a tribunal selected by themselves, provided the controversy is so submitted prior to the appointment by the governor of a labor referee to act in the controversy. After the appointment of the labor referee by the governor, or the submission of the controversy to another tribunal as herein provided, it shall be unlawful for any person or labor organization to call or conduct a strike or boycott against the employer or industry or to picket any place of business of the employer or in the industry on account of such jurisdictional controversy.

History:

1943 c 624 s 6; 1969 c 1129 art 2 s 8; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 45 s 5; 1987 c 186 s 15

179.09 ARBITRATION.

When a labor dispute arises which is not settled by mediation such dispute may, by written agreement of the parties, be submitted to arbitration on such terms as the parties may specify, including among other methods the arbitration procedure under the terms of sections 572B.01 to 572B.31 and arbitration under the Voluntary Industrial Arbitration Tribunal of the American Arbitration Association. If such agreement so provides, the commissioner of mediation services may act as a member of any arbitration tribunal created by any such agreement and, if the agreement so provides, the commissioner may appoint one or more of such arbitrators. Either or both of the parties to any such agreement or any arbitration tribunal created under any such agreement may apply to the commissioner to have the tribunal designated as a temporary arbitration tribunal and, if so designated, the temporary arbitration tribunal shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses and to issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of evidence, which subpoenas shall be enforced in the same manner as subpoenas issued by the commission under section 179.08. Any such temporary arbitration tribunal shall file with the commissioner a copy of its report, duly certified by its chair.

179.10 JOINING LABOR ORGANIZATIONS; UNITING FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

Subdivision 1.Employees' right of self-organization.

Employees shall have the right of self-organization and the right to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in lawful, concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection; and such employees shall have the right to refrain from any and all such activities.

Subd. 2.Employers associations.

Employers have the right to associate together for the purpose of collective bargaining.

179.11 UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES BY EMPLOYEES.

It shall be an unfair labor practice:

(1) for any employee or labor organization to institute a strike if such strike is a violation of any valid collective agreement between any employer and its employees or labor organization and the employer is, at the time, in good faith complying with the provisions of the agreement, or to violate the terms and conditions of such bargaining agreement;

(2) for any employee or labor organization to institute a strike if the calling of such strike is in violation of sections 179.06 or 179.07;

(3) for any person to seize or occupy property unlawfully during the existence of a labor dispute;

(4) for any person to picket or cause to be picketed a place of employment of which place the person is not an employee while a strike is in progress affecting the place of employment, unless the majority of persons engaged in picketing the place of employment at these times are employees of the place of employment;

(5) for more than one person to picket or cause to be picketed a single entrance to any place of employment where no strike is in progress at the time;

(6) for any person to interfere in any manner with the operation of a vehicle or the operator thereof when neither the owner nor operator of the vehicle is at the time a party to a strike;

(7) for any employee, labor organization, or officer, agent, or member thereof, to compel or attempt to compel any person to join or to refrain from joining any labor organization or any strike against the person's will by any threatened or actual unlawful interference with the person, or immediate family member, or physical property, or to assault or unlawfully threaten any such person while in pursuit of lawful employment;

(8) unless the strike has been approved by a majority vote of the voting employees in a collective bargaining unit of the employees of an employer or association of employers against whom such strike is primarily directed, for any person or labor organization to cooperate in engaging in, promoting or inducing a strike. Such vote shall be taken by secret ballot at an election called by the collective bargaining agent for the unit, and reasonable notice shall be given to all employees in the collective bargaining unit of the time and place of election; or

(9) for any person or labor organization to hinder or prevent by intimidation, force, coercion or sabotage, or by threats thereof, the production, transportation, processing or marketing by a producer, processor or marketing organization, of agricultural products, or to combine or conspire to cause or threaten to cause injury to any processor, producer or marketing organization, whether by withholding labor or other beneficial intercourse, refusing to handle, use or work on particular agricultural products, or by other unlawful means, in order to bring such processor or marketing organization against its will into a concerted plan to coerce or inflict damage upon any producer; provided that nothing in this subsection shall prevent a strike which is called by the employees of such producer, processor or marketing organization for the bona fide purpose of improving their own working conditions or promoting or protecting their own rights of organization, selection of bargaining representative or collective bargaining.

The violation of clauses (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) and (9) are hereby declared to be unlawful acts.

179.12 EMPLOYERS' UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES.

It is an unfair labor practice for an employer:

(1) to institute a lockout of its employees in violation of a valid collective bargaining agreement between the employer and its employees or labor organization if the employees at the time are in good faith complying with the provisions of the agreement, or to violate the terms and conditions of the bargaining agreement;

(2) to institute a lockout of its employees in violation of section 179.06 or 179.07;

(3) to encourage or discourage membership in a labor organization by discrimination in regard to hire or tenure of employment or any terms or conditions of employment; provided, that this clause does not apply to the provisions of collective bargaining agreements entered into voluntarily by an employer and its employees or a labor organization representing the employees as a bargaining agent, as provided by section 179.16;

(4) to discharge or otherwise to discriminate against an employee because the employee has signed or filed an affidavit, petition, or complaint or given information or testimony under this chapter;

(5) to spy directly or through agents or any other persons upon activities of employees or their representatives in the exercise of their legal rights;

(6) to distribute or circulate a blacklist of individuals exercising a legal right or of members of a labor organization for the purpose of preventing individuals who are blacklisted from obtaining or retaining employment;

(7) to engage or contract for the services of a person who is an employee of another if the employee is paid a wage that is less than the wage to be paid by the engaging or contracting employer under an existing union contract for work of the same grade or classification;

(8) willfully and knowingly to utilize a professional strikebreaker to replace an employee or employees involved in a strike or lockout at a place of business located within this state; or

(9) to grant or offer to grant the status of permanent replacement employee to a person for performing bargaining unit work for an employer during a lockout of employees in a labor organization or during a strike of employees in a labor organization authorized by a representative of employees.

The violation of clause (2), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), or (9) is an unlawful act.

NOTE: Clause (9) was preempted under federal law by Midwest Motor Express Inc. v. International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, Local 120, 512 N.W.2d 881 (Minn. 1994).

179.121 OPERATION OF VEHICLE WHERE DISPUTE IS IN PROGRESS.

Any person who operates a motor vehicle which is entering or leaving a place of business or employment where there is a clear notice that a labor dispute is in progress, and who fails to bring the vehicle to a full stop at the entrance to or exit from that place, or who fails to exercise caution in entering or leaving that place, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

History:

1979 c 331 s 1

179.13 INTERFERENCES WHICH ARE UNLAWFUL.

Subdivision 1.Unlawful acts.

It shall be unlawful for any person at any time to interfere with the free and uninterrupted use of public roads, streets, highways or methods of transportation or conveyance or to wrongfully obstruct ingress to and egress from any place of business or employment.

Subd. 2.Unfair labor practice.

It is an unfair labor practice for any employee or labor organization to commit an unlawful act as defined in subdivision 1.

179.135 PROTECTION OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.

Subdivision 1.Agreement protected from intervention.

No employer holding a valid collective bargaining agreement with any labor organization recognized or certified by the commissioner of mediation services or the National Labor Relations Board as the accredited bargaining representative for the employees or any group of employees of such employer shall be required to enter into negotiations with any other labor organization respecting the employees covered by the existing union agreement, so long as the existing agreement remains in full force and effect in accordance with its terms except where a successor labor organization has been certified as the representative of the employees covered by such agreement by the commissioner of mediation services or the National Labor Relations Board and recognized by the employer.

Subd. 2.Prohibition against violation.

The violation of the provisions of this section by any officer, business agent, employee or other representative of any labor organization is prohibited.

History:

1947 c 593 s 1,2; 1969 c 1129 art 2 s 10; 1987 c 186 s 15

179.14 INJUNCTIONS; TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS.

When any unfair labor practice is threatened or committed, a suit to enjoin such practice may be maintained in the district court of any county wherein such practice has occurred or is threatened. In any suit to enjoin any of the unfair labor practices set forth in sections 179.11 and 179.12, the provisions of sections 185.02 to 185.19 shall not apply. No court of the state shall have jurisdiction to issue a temporary or permanent injunction in any case involving or growing out of the violation of sections 179.11 and 179.12, as herein defined, except after hearing the testimony of witnesses in open court, with opportunity for cross-examination, in support of the allegations made under oath, and testimony in opposition thereto, if offered, and except after findings of fact by the court to the effect that the acts set forth in sections 179.11 and 179.12 have been threatened and will be committed unless restrained, or have been committed and will be continued unless restrained. No temporary restraining order may be issued under the provisions of sections 179.01 to 179.17 except upon the testimony of witnesses produced by the applicant in open court and upon a record being kept of such testimony nor unless the temporary restraining order is returnable within seven days from the time it is granted which shall be noted on the order of the court. It shall be the duty of the court to give the trial or hearing of any suits or proceedings arising under this section precedence over all other civil suits which are ready for trial. Failure of the trial court to decide a motion for a temporary injunction within seven days from the date the hearing thereon is concluded shall dissolve any restraining order issued therein without further order of the court. Failure of the trial court to decide any suit brought under this section within 45 days from the date the trial was ended shall dissolve any restraining order or temporary injunction issued therein without further order of the court.

179.15 VIOLATORS NOT ENTITLED TO BENEFITS OF CERTAIN SECTIONS.

Any employer, employee, or labor organization who has violated any of the provisions of sections 179.01 to 179.17 with respect to any labor dispute shall not be entitled to any of the benefits of sections 179.01 to 179.17 respecting such labor disputes and such employer, employee, or labor organization shall not be entitled to maintain in any court of this state an action for injunctive relief with respect to any matters growing out of that labor dispute, until good faith use is made of all means available under the laws of the state of Minnesota for the peaceable settlement of the dispute.

History:

(4254-35) 1939 c 440 s 15; 1986 c 444

179.16 REPRESENTATIVES FOR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.

Subdivision 1.To be exclusive.

Representatives designated or selected for the purpose of collective bargaining by the majority of the employees in a unit appropriate for such purposes shall be the exclusive representatives of all the employees in such unit for the purposes of collective bargaining in respect to rates of pay, wages, hours of employment, or other conditions of employment, provided, that any individual employee or group of employees shall have the right at any time to present grievances to their employer in person or through representatives of their own choosing.

Subd. 2.Certification of group representative by commissioner.

When a question concerning the representative of employees is raised by an employee, group of employees, labor organization, or employer the commissioner of mediation services or any person designated by the commissioner shall, at the request of any of the parties, investigate such controversy and certify to the parties in writing, the name or names of the representatives that have been designated or selected. The commissioner shall decide in each case whether, in order to insure to employees the full benefit of their right to self-organization and to collective bargaining and otherwise to effectuate the purpose of this chapter, the unit appropriate for the purpose of collective bargaining shall be the employer unit, craft unit, plant unit; provided, that any larger unit may be decided upon with the consent of all employers involved, and provided that when a craft exists, composed of one or more employees then such craft shall constitute a unit appropriate for the purpose of collective bargaining for such employee or employees belonging to such craft and a majority of such employees of such craft may designate a representative for such unit. Two or more units may, by voluntary consent, bargain through the same agent or agents with an employer or employers, their agent or agents. Supervisory employees shall not be considered in the selection of a bargaining agent. In any such investigation, the commissioner may provide for an appropriate hearing, and may take a secret ballot of employees or utilize any other suitable method to ascertain such representatives, but the commissioner shall not certify any labor organization which is dominated, controlled, or maintained by an employer. If the commissioner has certified the representatives as herein provided, the commissioner shall not be required to again consider the matter for a period of one year unless it appears to the commissioner that sufficient reason exists.

Subd. 3.Witnesses; powers of commissioner.

In the investigation of any controversy concerning the representative of employees for collective bargaining, the commissioner of mediation services shall have power to issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of evidence which relates directly to any matter involved in any such hearing, and the commissioner or representative may administer oaths and affirmations, and may examine witnesses. Such attendance of witnesses and the production of such evidence may be required from any place in the state at any designated place of hearing, but hearings shall be held in a county where the question has arisen or exists.

Subd. 4.Contempt of court.

In case of contumacy or refusal to obey a subpoena issued under this section, the district court of the county where the proceeding is pending or in which the person guilty of such contumacy or refusal to obey is found or resides shall have jurisdiction to issue to such person an order requiring such person to appear and testify or produce evidence, as the case may require, and any failure to obey such order of the court may be punished by the court as a contempt thereof.

History:

(4254-36) 1939 c 440 s 16; 1941 c 469 s 6; 1969 c 1129 art 2 s 11,12; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 186 s 15

179.17 CITATION, LABOR RELATIONS ACT.

Sections 179.01 to 179.17 may be cited as the Minnesota Labor Relations Act.

History:

1939 c 440 s 19

MINNESOTA LABOR UNION DEMOCRACY ACT

179.18 DEFINITIONS; MINNESOTA LABOR UNION DEMOCRACY ACT.

Subdivision 1.Persons.

"Persons" includes individuals, partnerships, associations, corporations, trustees, and receivers.

Subd. 2.Labor organization.

"Labor organization" means any organization of employees or of persons seeking employment which exists for the purpose, in whole or in part, of collective bargaining or of dealing with employers concerning grievances or terms or conditions of employment, but shall not include any labor organization subject to the Federal Railway Labor Act, as amended from time to time.

Subd. 3.Employer.

"Employer" includes all persons employing others and all persons acting in the interest of an employer, but does not include the state or any political or governmental subdivision thereof, nor any person subject to the Federal Railway Labor Act, as amended from time to time.

Subd. 4.Employee.

"Employee" includes, in addition to the accepted definition of the word, any employee whose work has ceased because of any unfair labor practice as defined in section 179.12 on the part of the employer or because of any current labor dispute and who has not obtained other regular and substantially equivalent employment, but does not include any individuals employed in agricultural labor or by a parent or spouse or in domestic service of any person at the person's own home.

Subd. 5.Representative of employees.

"Representative of employees" means any person acting or asserting the right to act for employees or persons seeking employment in collective bargaining or dealing with employers concerning grievances or terms or conditions of employments.

Subd. 6.Competent evidence.

"Competent evidence" means evidence admissible in a court of equity and such other evidence other than hearsay as is relevant and material to the issue and is of such character that it would be accepted by reasonable persons as worthy of belief.

History:

1943 c 625 s 1; 1986 c 444

179.19 ELECTION OF OFFICERS OF LABOR ORGANIZATION.

The officers of every labor organization shall be elected for such terms, not exceeding four years, as the constitution or bylaws may provide. The election shall be by secret ballot. The constitution or bylaws may provide for multiple choice voting, nomination by primaries or runoff elections, or other method of election by which selection by a majority may be obtained. In the absence of such provision, the candidate for any office receiving the largest number of votes cast for that office shall be declared elected. It is the duty of every labor organization and the officers thereof to hold an election for the purpose of electing the successor of every such officer prior to the expiration of a term. Any employee who is elected to a full time position in a labor organization shall be given a leave of absence for the duration of time holding such office, without losing seniority or entitlement to any rights acquired as a result of employment.

History:

1943 c 625 s 2; 1969 c 853 s 1; 1986 c 444

179.20 NOTICE OF ELECTIONS GIVEN.

Subdivision 1.Publication.

No election required hereunder shall be valid unless reasonable notice thereof shall have been given to all persons eligible to vote thereat. Proof of publication of notice of an election in a trade union paper of general circulation among the membership of the union holding such election shall be conclusive proof of reasonable notice as required in this subdivision.

Subd. 2.Plurality required.

No result of an election required hereunder shall be valid unless a plurality of the eligible persons voting thereat shall have cast their votes by secret ballot in favor of such result.

History:

1943 c 625 s 3

179.21 REPORTS OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS.

It is hereby made the duty of the officer of every labor organization who is charged with responsibility of money and property thereof to furnish to the members thereof in good standing a statement of the receipts and disbursements of the labor organization from the date of the next preceding statement and the assets and liabilities thereof to the date of the current statement. Such statement shall be furnished by such officer at the time prescribed by the constitution or laws of the labor organization, or it shall be furnished not later than the 1st day of July next following such calendar year.

History:

1943 c 625 s 4

179.22 LABOR REFEREE.

The commissioner may from time to time appoint labor referees for particular disputes under sections 179.18 to 179.25. Such appointment shall be for the duration only of the particular dispute. Such labor referees shall be paid a per diem allowance not to exceed that established for arbitrators in section 179A.16, subdivision 8, while so engaged, and their necessary expenses. When approved by the commissioner, the commissioner shall cause to be paid, from the appropriation to the commissioner, the amount due to the labor referees for services and expenses.

History:

1943 c 625 s 5; 1969 c 1129 art 2 s 13; 1986 c 444; 1987 c 45 s 6; 1987 c 186 s 15

179.23 [Repealed, 1987 c 45 s 9]

179.231 VIOLATIONS.

Subdivision 1.Commissioner may appoint referee.

Whenever it reasonably appears to the commissioner that a labor organization has failed to comply with any of the requirements of sections 179.18 to 179.25, the commissioner may appoint a labor referee to act in the dispute.

Subd. 2.Hearing.

Within ten days of appointment, the labor referee shall fix a time and place for a hearing upon the matter and send written notice thereof to the labor organization, and its officers who are charged in the complaint, the complainant, and to other persons who are parties to the dispute.

Subd. 3.Appearance; evidence.

A party to or party affected by the dispute may appear at the hearing before the labor referee in person, by attorney, or by other representative. The party has the right to offer competent evidence and to be heard on the issues before an order is made by the referee. Within 30 days of the close of the hearing, the referee shall prepare and file with the commissioner findings of fact and an order sustaining or dismissing the charges. If the charges are sustained, a labor organization may be suspended from acting as the representative of employees by the commissioner until the basis for the failure to comply with the requirements of sections 179.18 to 179.25 has been removed as provided in subdivision 4. The commissioner shall suspend a labor organization which does not act affirmatively to remove the basis of sustained charges within 30 days of the filing of the referee's order with the commissioner.

Subd. 4.Removal of suspension.

A labor organization which has had charges sustained against it under this section, whether suspended from acting as the representative of employees or not, may remove the basis for the charges or suspension by applying to the commissioner and submitting proof that the basis for the charges has been removed or corrected. Upon receipt of the application, the commissioner shall notify all parties to the hearing before the referee of the filing of the application. If within 20 days after providing notice, written objection by one of the parties to the removal of the basis or suspension is received by the commissioner, the matter shall be referred for additional investigation by a referee under this section. If no objection is so filed, the commissioner shall provide written notice of the removal of the basis for the original complaint and remove any suspension imposed.

Subd. 5.Powers of labor referee.

A labor referee appointed by the commissioner under this section shall have the same powers as provided to commissions under section 179.08.

179.24 [Repealed, 1987 c 45 s 9]

179.25 CITATION, LABOR UNION DEMOCRACY ACT.

Sections 179.18 to 179.25 may be cited as the Minnesota Labor Union Democracy Act.

History:

1943 c 625 s 8

179.254 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS INSURANCE BENEFIT FUNDS; DEFINITIONS.

Subdivision 1.Scope.

For the purposes of sections 179.254 to 179.256, the following terms shall have the meanings subscribed to them.

Subd. 2.Benefit fund.

"Benefit fund" means any trust fund established and operated for the purpose of providing medical, hospitalization, and other types of insurance, and other health, welfare and pension benefits for construction workers.

Subd. 3.Construction worker.

"Construction worker" means any laborer or member of a trade who is employed in the building or construction industry and who is engaged in, but not limited to, any of the following occupations: carpenters, electricians, plumbers, bricklayers, masons, steamfitters, pipefitters, iron workers, sheet metal workers, cement finishers, laborers, operating engineers, lathers, plasterers, painters, pipe coverers, and glaziers.

Subd. 4.Member.

"Member" means any construction worker who is qualified to receive benefits from a benefit fund under the rules of that fund.

History:

1974 c 50 s 1; 1976 c 232 s 1; 1986 c 444

179.255 PAYMENTS INTO HOME BENEFIT FUND.

Whenever a construction worker who is a member of a benefit fund works temporarily in a location such that contributions are made by or for the worker into another benefit fund, the trustees of the fund, or their agent, shall pay all such money to the trustees of the fund to which the construction worker is a member, except that such payment shall not exceed the rate of contribution to the fund in which the construction worker is a member. Payments may be made by check and shall be made promptly and regularly, at least once every 30 days. Each such payment from the trustees of one fund to the trustees of another shall be accompanied by a written statement including the name, address, and Social Security number of each construction worker for whom payment is made, the amount being paid for each worker, and the number of hours of work for which payment is being made.

History:

1974 c 50 s 2; 1986 c 444

179.256 NOTIFICATION.

Whenever a construction worker may qualify for the reimbursement of benefit payments to a home benefit fund as described in section 179.255, the trustees of the benefit fund of which the worker is a member, or their agent, shall so notify the trustees of the benefit fund to which payments will be made during the temporary period of work. Such notification shall be made promptly in writing and shall include the name, address, and Social Security number of the construction worker and the starting date of the temporary period of work.

History:

1974 c 50 s 3; 1986 c 444

179.257 APPLICATION.

The provisions of sections 179.254 to 179.256 requiring the transfer of payments between benefit funds shall apply only to those benefit funds which are established, located and maintained within this state. However nothing contained herein shall be construed to discourage the legislature of another state or to prohibit the trustees of a benefit fund which is located in another state from providing, in accordance with sections 179.254 to 179.257 and on a wholly reciprocal basis, transfers between such foreign benefit fund or funds and a benefit fund located within the state of Minnesota.

History:

1974 c 50 s 4

CERTAIN REPRESENTATION DISPUTES;
STRIKES, BOYCOTTS PROHIBITED

179.26 DEFINITIONS; CERTAIN REPRESENTATION DISPUTES.

When used in sections 179.26 to 179.29, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, each of the following words: employee, labor organization, strike, and lockout shall have the meaning ascribed to it in section 179.01.

179.27 STRIKES OR BOYCOTTS PROHIBITED.

When certification of a representative of employees for collective bargaining purposes has been made by proper federal or state authority, it is unlawful during the effective period of such certification for any employee, representative of employees or labor organization to conduct a strike or boycott against the employer of such employees or to picket any place of business of the employer in order, by such strike, boycott or picketing, (1) to deny the right of the representative so certified to act as such representative or (2) to prevent such representative from acting as authorized by such certification, or (3) to interfere with the business of the employer in an effort to do either act specified in clauses (1) and (2) hereof.

History:

1945 c 414 s 2

179.28 RECOVERY FOR TORT.

Any employer injured through commission of any unlawful act as provided in section 179.27 shall have a cause of action against any employees, representative of employees, or labor organization committing such unlawful act, and shall recover in a civil action all damages sustained by the employer from such injury.

History:

1945 c 414 s 3; 1986 c 444

179.29 DISTRICT COURT HAS JURISDICTION.

The district court of any county in which the employer does any business shall have jurisdiction to entertain an action arising under sections 179.26 to 179.29. Such action shall be tried by the court with a jury unless a jury be waived.

History:

1945 c 414 s 4

HOSPITALS; STRIKES PROHIBITED,
COMPULSORY ARBITRATION REQUIRED

179.35 DEFINITIONS; HOSPITAL NO STRIKE AND ARBITRATION ACT.

Subdivision 1.Scope.

Unless the language or context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended, the following words, terms and phrases, for the purposes of sections 179.35 to 179.39, shall be given the meanings subjoined to them.

Subd. 2.Charitable hospital.

"Charitable hospital" includes all county and municipal hospitals and any hospital no part of the net income of which inures to the benefit of any private member, stockholder, or individual.

Subd. 3.Hospital employee.

"Hospital employee" includes any person employed in any capacity by a charitable hospital, except an employee whose services are performed exclusively in connection with the operation of a commercial or industrial enterprise owned or operated by the charitable hospital for the production of profit, irrespective of the purposes to which such profit may be applied, and not engaged in any activity affecting the essential functions of the hospital.

Subd. 4.Labor dispute.

"Labor dispute" includes any controversy concerning employment, tenure, conditions, or terms of employment or concerning the association or right of representation of persons in negotiating, fixing, maintaining, changing, or seeking to arrange terms, tenure, or other conditions of employment, regardless of whether or not the relationship of employer and employee exists as to the disputants.

Subd. 5.Strike.

"Strike" means the temporary stoppage of work by the concerted action of two or more hospital employees as a result of a labor dispute.

Subd. 6.Lockout.

"Lockout" means the refusal of a charitable hospital to furnish work to employees as a result of a labor dispute.

179.36 STRIKES PROHIBITED.

It is unlawful for any hospital employee or representative of the employee, as defined in Minnesota Statutes 1945, section 179.01, subdivision 5, to encourage, participate in, or cause any strike or work stoppage against or directly involving a charitable hospital.

History:

1947 c 335 s 2

179.37 LOCKOUTS PROHIBITED.

It is contrary to public policy and is hereby declared to be unlawful for any charitable hospital to institute, cause, or declare any lockout.

History:

1947 c 335 s 3

179.38 ARBITRATION MANDATORY.

In the event of the existence of any labor dispute which cannot be settled by negotiation between the charitable hospital employers and their employees, either such employers or employees may petition and avail themselves of the provisions of sections 179.01 to 179.17, insofar as sections are not inconsistent with the provisions of sections 179.35 to 179.39. If such dispute is not settled within ten days after submission to mediation, any unsettled issue concerning terms and conditions of employment, and other conditions of employment concerning union security shall, upon service of written notice by either party upon the other party and the commissioner, be submitted to the determination of a board of arbitrators whose determination shall be final and binding upon the parties. For public employers, "terms and conditions of employment" has the meaning given it in section 179A.03, subdivision 19. The board of arbitrators shall be selected and proceed in the following manner, unless otherwise agreed between the parties: the employers shall appoint one arbitrator, the employees shall appoint one arbitrator, and the two arbitrators so chosen shall appoint a third arbitrator who shall act as chair and who shall receive reasonable compensation for the work; but if said arbitrators are unable to agree upon the appointment of such third arbitrator within five days after submission to arbitration, the commissioner shall submit five names to the parties and the parties shall select the third arbitrator, who shall act as chair, from the five submitted by the commissioner. The selection of the third arbitrator shall be by the process of elimination, with the parties taking turns at striking names from the list of five submitted by the commissioner, until only one name remains. If the parties are unable to agree with respect to which party shall take the first turn for the purpose of striking a name, it shall be decided by the flip of a coin. Each party shall be responsible for compensating the arbitrator of their choice, and the parties shall share equally the compensation paid to the third arbitrator. The board of arbitrators shall serve as a temporary arbitration tribunal and shall have the powers provided for commissioners under section 179.08. The board of arbitrators shall make its determination with all due diligence and shall file a copy of its report with the commissioner.

179.39 SECTIONS NOT APPLICABLE.

The provisions of Minnesota Statutes 1945, sections 185.02 to 185.19, shall not apply in the case of a threatened or existing strike or other work stoppage by hospital employees or in the case of a lockout by a charitable hospital, and such threatened or existing strike or other work stoppage or lockout may be enjoined by a court of equity.

History:

1947 c 335 s 5

SECONDARY BOYCOTTS PROHIBITED

179.40 SECONDARY BOYCOTT; DECLARATION OF POLICY.

As a guide to the interpretation and application of sections 179.40 to 179.47, the public policy of this state is declared to be:

To protect and promote the interests of the public, employees and employers alike, with due regard to the situation and to the rights of the others;

To promote industrial peace, regular and adequate income for employees, and uninterrupted production of goods and services; and

To reduce the serious menace to the health, morals and welfare of the people of this state arising from economic insecurity due to stoppages and interruptions of business and employment.

It is recognized that whatever may be the rights of disputants with respect to each other in any controversy, they should not be permitted, in their controversy, to intrude directly into the primary rights of third parties to earn a livelihood, transact business, and engage in the ordinary affairs of life by lawful means and free from molestation, interference, restraint or coercion. The legislature, therefore, declares that, in its considered judgment, the public good and the general welfare of the citizens of this state will be promoted by prohibiting secondary boycotts and other coercive practices in this state.

History:

1947 c 486 s 1

179.41 SECONDARY BOYCOTT DEFINED.

As used in sections 179.40 to 179.47, the term "secondary boycott" means any combination, agreement, or concerted action;

(1) to refuse to handle goods or to perform services for an employer because of a labor dispute, agreement, or failure of agreement between some other employer and its employees or a bona fide labor organization; or

(2) to cease performing or to cause any employees to cease performing any services for an employer, or to cause loss or injury to such employer or to its employees, for the purpose of inducing or compelling such employer to refrain from doing business with, or handling the products of, any other employer because of a dispute, agreement, or failure of agreement between the latter and its employees or a labor organization; or

(3) to cease performing or to cause any employer to cease performing any services for another employer, or to cause any loss or injury to such other employer, or to its employees, for the purpose of inducing or compelling such other employer to refrain from doing business with, or handling the products of, any other employer because of an agreement, dispute, or failure of agreement between the latter and its employees or a labor organization.

History:

1947 c 486 s 2; 1986 c 444

179.42 UNLAWFUL ACT AND UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE.

It is an unlawful act and an unfair labor practice for any person or organization to combine with another, to cause loss or injury to an employer, to refuse to handle or work on particular goods or equipment or perform services for an employer, or to withhold patronage, or to induce, or to attempt to induce, another to withhold patronage or other business intercourse, for the purpose of inducing or coercing such employer to persuade or otherwise encourage or discourage its employees to join or to refrain from joining any labor union or organization or for the purpose of coercing such employer's employees to join or refrain from joining any labor union or organization.

History:

1947 c 486 s 3; 1986 c 444

179.43 ILLEGAL COMBINATION; VIOLATION OF PUBLIC POLICY.

A secondary boycott as hereinbefore defined is hereby declared to be an illegal combination in restraint of trade and in violation of the public policy of this state.

History:

1947 c 486 s 4

179.44 UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE.

The violation of any provision of section 179.41 is hereby declared to be an unfair labor practice and an unlawful act.

History:

1947 c 486 s 5

179.45 RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.

Any person who shall be affected by, or subjected to, or threatened with a secondary boycott, or any of the acts declared to be unlawful by sections 179.40 to 179.47, shall have all the rights and remedies provided for in Minnesota Statutes 1945, chapter 179, but shall not be restricted to such remedies.

History:

1947 c 486 s 6

179.46 LIMITATIONS; FEDERAL ACT.

Nothing in sections 179.40 to 179.47 shall be construed as requiring any person to work or perform services against the person's will for any other person, nor to prohibit a strike, picketing or bannering which is otherwise lawful under the statutes and laws of this state; nothing in sections 179.40 to 179.47 shall be construed to apply to the refusal by an employee to enter upon the premises of an employer other than the employee's own employer when the employees of such other employer are engaged in a strike which is not an unfair labor practice, but does not include any person subject to the Federal Railway Labor Act as amended from time to time.

History:

1947 c 486 s 7; 1986 c 444

179.47 CONSTRUCTION OF SECTIONS 179.40 TO 179.47.

Nothing contained in sections 179.40 to 179.47 is intended or shall be construed to repeal sections 179.01 to 179.13 and 179.14 to 179.39, or any part or parts thereof.

History:

1947 c 486 s 9

179.50 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.51 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.52 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.521 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.522 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.53 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.54 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.55 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.56 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.57 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.571 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.572 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]
179.58 [Repealed, Ex1971 c 33 s 17]

PROHIBITING COERCION OF EMPLOYEE

179.60 INTERFERING WITH EMPLOYEE OR MEMBERSHIP IN UNION.

It shall be unlawful for any person, company, or corporation, or any agent, officer, or employee thereof, to coerce, require, or influence any person to enter into any agreement, written or verbal, not to join, become, or remain a member of any lawful labor organization or association, as a condition of securing or retaining employment with such person, firm, or corporation. It shall be unlawful for any person, company, or corporation, or any officer or employee thereof, to coerce, require, or influence any person to contribute or pay to any person, company, or corporation, or any officer or employee thereof, any sum of money or other valuable thing for the sole purpose of securing or retaining employment with such person, firm, or corporation. It shall be unlawful for any two or more corporations or employers to combine, to agree to combine, or confer together for the purpose of interfering with any person in procuring, or in preventing the person from procuring, employment, or to secure the discharge of any employee by threats, promises, circulating blacklists, or any other means whatsoever. It shall be unlawful for any company or corporation, or any agent or employee thereof, to blacklist any discharged employee, or by word or writing seek to prevent, hinder, or restrain a discharged employee, or one who has voluntarily left its employ, from obtaining employment elsewhere. Every person and corporation violating any of the foregoing provisions shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

History:

(10378) RL s 5097; 1921 c 389 s 1; 1986 c 444

179.61 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.62 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.63 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.64 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.65 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.66 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.67 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.68 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.69 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.691 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.692 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.70 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.71 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.72 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.73 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.74 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.741 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.7411 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.742 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.743 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.75 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.76 [Repealed, 1984 c 462 s 28]
179.77 [Repealed, 1973 c 635 s 37]

LABOR-MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE GRANT PROGRAM

179.81 DEFINITIONS.

Subdivision 1.Scope.

For the purposes of sections 179.81 to 179.85, the terms defined in this section have the meanings given them.

Subd. 2.Area labor-management committee or committee.

"Area labor-management committee" or "committee" means a committee formed by and composed of multiple employers and multiple labor organizations within a geographic area or statewide employment sector, for the purpose of improving labor-management relations and enhancing economic development within a given geographic jurisdiction or sector through labor-management cooperation.

Subd. 3.Bureau.

"Bureau" means the Bureau of Mediation Services.

Subd. 4.Commissioner.

"Commissioner" means the commissioner of the Bureau of Mediation Services.

179.82 GRANT PROGRAM CREATED; APPLICATIONS.

Subdivision 1.Creation.

An area labor-management committee grant program is created within the bureau to be administered by the commissioner.

Subd. 2.Rules.

Applications for area/statewide industry labor-management committee grants must be submitted to the bureau under rules adopted by the commissioner.

179.83 ACTION ON APPLICATION.

Subdivision 1.Standard for approval.

Following an established calendar, the commissioner shall review the applications. Grants must be awarded on a competitive basis based on the appropriateness of the proposal, the attainability of the goals, the evidence of interest in the proposal among representatives of labor and management in the area within the committee's jurisdiction, and the thoroughness of the financial plan presented. Successful applicants shall be notified of the award no later than December 1 of each year.

Subd. 2.

[Repealed, 1988 c 480 s 7]

179.84 GENERAL CONDITIONS AND TERMS OF GRANTS.

Subdivision 1.Requirements.

For each grant awarded the commissioner shall:

(1) require an approved work plan that establishes measurable goals and objectives for the committee within the committee's area of responsibility and that prohibits the committee from becoming involved in contract disputes, labor negotiations, or grievance procedures; and

(2) annually review the operating performance of each area labor-management committee receiving state money under this program.

Subd. 2.

[Repealed, 1988 c 480 s 7]

179.85 FUNDING LIMITATIONS.

A new or existing area labor-management committee may apply for a maximum grant of $75,000 per year. A new or existing area labor-management committee may be awarded state grant money, and must provide money from other nonstate sources, in the following ratio of state and nonstate money: in the first year, 90 percent state and ten percent nonstate; in the second year, 80 percent state and 20 percent nonstate; in the third year and beyond, 50 percent state and 50 percent nonstate.

PACKINGHOUSE WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS

179.86 PACKINGHOUSE WORKERS BILL OF RIGHTS.

Subdivision 1.Definition.

For the purpose of this section, "employer" means an employer in the meatpacking industry.

Subd. 2.Right to adequate equipment.

An employer must furnish its employees with equipment to safely perform their jobs under OSHA standards.

Subd. 3.Information provided to employee by employer.

(a) An employer must provide an explanation in an employee's native language of the employee's rights and duties as an employee either person to person or through written materials that, at a minimum, include:

(1) a complete description of the salary and benefits plans as they relate to the employee;

(2) a job description for the employee's position;

(3) a description of leave policies;

(4) a description of the work hours and work hours policy; and

(5) a description of the occupational hazards known to exist for the position.

(b) The explanation must also include information on the following employee rights as protected by state or federal law and a description of where additional information about those rights may be obtained:

(1) the right to organize and bargain collectively and refrain from organizing and bargaining collectively;

(2) the right to a safe workplace; and

(3) the right to be free from discrimination.

Subd. 4.Commissioner duties.

The commissioner of labor and industry in consultation with the commissioner of human rights must develop and implement a strategy to assist employers in providing adequate notice and education to employees of their rights under this section. The commissioner shall assign the duty to implement the strategy to a specific identified position in the department. The position, along with contact information, must be included on printed materials the department prepares and distributes to carry out the commissioner's duties under this section.

179.90 OFFICE OF COLLABORATION AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION.

The commissioner of mediation services shall establish an Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution within the bureau. The office must:

(1) promote the broad use of community mediation in the state, ensuring that all areas of the state have access to services by providing grants to private nonprofit entities certified by the state court administrator under chapter 494 that assist in resolution of disputes;

(2) assist state agencies, offices of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches, and units of local government in improving collaboration and dispute resolution;

(3) support collaboration and dispute resolution in the public and private sector by providing technical assistance and information on best practices and new developments in dispute resolution options;

(4) educate the public and governmental entities on dispute resolution options; and

(5) promote and utilize collaborative dispute resolution models and processes based on documented best practices including, but not limited to, the Minnesota Solutions model:

(i) establishing criteria and procedures for identification and assessment of dispute resolution projects;

(ii) designating projects and appointing impartial convenors by the commissioner or the commissioner's designee;

(iii) forming multidisciplinary conflict resolution teams; and

(iv) utilizing collaborative techniques, processes, and standards through facilitated meetings until consensus among parties is reached in resolving a dispute.

179.91 GRANTS.

Subdivision 1.Authority.

The commissioner of mediation services shall to the extent funds are appropriated for this purpose, make grants to private nonprofit community mediation entities certified by the state court administrator under chapter 494 that assist in resolution of disputes. The commissioner shall establish a grant review committee to assist in the review of grant applications and the allocation of grants under this section.

Subd. 2.Eligibility.

To be eligible for a grant under this section, a nonprofit organization must meet the requirements of section 494.05, subdivision 1, clauses (1), (2), (4), and (5).

Subd. 3.Conditions and exclusions.

A nonprofit entity receiving a grant must agree to comply with guidelines adopted by the state court administrator under section 494.015, subdivision 1. Sections 16B.97 and 16B.98 and policies adopted under those sections apply to grants under this section. The exclusions in section 494.03 apply to grants under this section.

Subd. 4.Reporting.

Grantees must report data required under chapter 494 to evaluate quality and outcomes.