Labor Dispute Law & Legal Definition


Labor dispute mean a controversy between an employer and its employees concerning the terms or conditions of employment, or concerning the association or representation of those who negotiate or seek to negotiate the terms or conditions of employment.

According to 29 USCS § 402 "Labor dispute" includes any controversy concerning terms, tenure, or conditions of employment, or concerning the association or representation of persons in negotiating, fixing, maintaining, changing, or seeking to arrange terms or conditions of employment, regardless of whether the disputants stand in the proximate relation of employer and employee. [Northeast Bev. Corp. v. NLRB, 554 F.3d 133, 138 (D.C. Cir. 2009)].

Labor dispute is also defined as any controversy concerning terms or conditions of employment, or concerning the association or representation of persons negotiating, fixing, maintaining, changing, or seeking to arrange terms or conditions of employment, regardless of whether or not the disputants stand in the proximate relation of employer and employee. Cont'l Airlines, Inc. v. E. Pilots Merger Comm., Inc. (In re Cont'l Airlines, Inc.), 484 F.3d 173, 184 (3d Cir. Del. 2007).