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November 4, 2008    DOL Home > Compliance Assistance > By Topic > Union and Union Members > Executive Order 13201   

Unions and Union Members:

Executive Order 13201


Executive Order 13201 (E.O. 13201) requires government contracts and subcontracts to include an employee notice clause (Beck Poster) requiring non-exempt federal contractors and subcontractors to post notices informing their employees that they have certain rights related to union membership and use of union dues and fees under federal law.

The clause does not have to be included in government contracts for purchases below the Simplified Acquisition Threshold of $100,000 for contracts entered into on or after April 28, 2004, and resulted from solicitation issued on or after April 18, 2001. Also, certain contractors or work sites are exempt from the Executive Order. The posting requirement does not apply to:

  • Contractors with fewer than 15 employees,
  • Contractor establishments or construction work sites where no union has been formally recognized by the prime contractor or certified as the exclusive bargaining representative of the prime contractor's employees,
  • Contractor establishments where state law forbids enforcement of union-security clauses ("right-to-work" states), or
  • work performed outside the United States that does not involve the recruitment or employment of workers within the United States.

The Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) and Office of Federal Contract Compliance (OFCCP) jointly implement E.O. 13201.




  • E.O. 13201 - The Beck Poster - Provides information on the requirement that government contracts and subcontracts include an employee notice clause requiring non-exempt federal contractors and subcontractors to post notices (the Beck poster). (PDF Version)




  • The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - The NLRB is the federal agency that administers the National Labor Relations Act by conducting elections to determine whether or not employees want union representation and investigating and remedying unfair labor practices by employers and unions.
  • The National Mediation Board (NMB) - The NMB is an independent agency that performs a central role in facilitating harmonious labor-management relations within two of the nation's key transportation modes - the railroads and airlines. Pursuant to the Railway Labor Act, NMB programs provide an integrated dispute resolution process to effectively meet the statutory objective of minimizing work stoppages in the airline and railroad industries.


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