Who Is Covered by the Landrum-Griffin Act?
The Landrum-Griffin Act applies to all
members of unions in the private sector and to those federal, state, or local government
employees who belong to unions representing both public and private employees.
Must a Union Be Run as a Democracy?
Yes. The Landrum-Griffin Act insures all union
members a voice in the affairs of the union. Employees have complete freedom to "express any
view, arguments, or opinions" at union meetings or functions without punishment. This includes
the right to hand out leaflets to other union members or to seek publicity, as long as the union
member doesn't advocate supporting a rival union or breaking the contract with the
Freedom of assembly is also protected. Union members may meet outside of
regular union meetings and discuss union affairs without fear of reprisals from union