Bargaining Order Law and Legal Definition

A bargaining order is an official order issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in cases where the employer ULPs (Unfair Labor Practices) undermine the union's majority status. A bargaining order may require the employer to bargain with the union.

For example, if a union gets authorization cards signed by over 50% of the employees and the employer commits serious unfair labor practices, the union can ask the NLRB to issue a bargaining order directing the employer to recognize the union and bargain with the union without an election.