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Mayslake: Starting from Scratch

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There are industries where social relationships among workers and employers have evolved for generations and exist in a rich context of precedent, custom, legal agreements and practice. Heartland Human Services in Mayslake, Illinois, was a workplace where nothing was written down. The National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which came into action to provide a legal framework for collective bargaining, covered workplaces in the private sector, and not even all of those. Workplaces in the public sector were not covered by labour law until 1960s or later, and this took place state-by-state and not in every state. "Public Sector", in US, means places where people work supported by tax revenue, like city, state and county offices, public schools or hospitals, transportation authorities, police and fire departments and universities. The term "service sector" is also important, and "Service" is usually contrasted with "industrial" sector, or manufacturing.

Keywords: Heartland Human Services; labour law; Mayslake; National Labor Relations Act; public sector; service sector

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