Union Busting Law and Legal Definition

Union busting refers to activities undertaken by employers, their proxies, and governments to prevent workers from freely organizing, joining and maintaining trade unions. A wide range of activities may be adopted by employers to hinder the functioning of unions.

Union busting was prevalent in the U.S. since the 19th century. It began to take place when rapid development took place in industry and the workers were exploited by making them work for long hours with low wages. As a result, labor movements took place and the employers adopted many methods to destroy the unions. Today there are various laws permitting formation of union as well as restricting employers from controlling unions.