Why Organize a Union?
Unionized workers on average earn higher wages, have better benefits, enjoy fair rules for promotions, assignments, layoffs, and dignity with better working conditions on the job.
You Have a Legal Right to Organize
You Have the Right to ...
Participate in meetings to discuss joining a union;
Distribute, read and discuss union literature (in non-work areas during breaks and lunch time);
Wear union buttons, stickers, t-shirts, and hats to show support for the union;
Sign a membership card and demand union recognition;
Circulate and sign petitions or join together in other activities to protest unfair treatment or demand improvements in wages, hours and working conditions;
Organize other employees to support the union, sign union cards, or to file grievances
These rights are protected by Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (and similar state laws), which gives you the right to join or support a union.
It is Illegal for Your Boss to ...
Fire or threaten to fire, layoff, discipline, harass, transfer, or reassign an employee because they support the union
Favor employees who don’t support the union over those that do in promotions, hours, enforcement of rules or any other conditions
Close or threaten to close your place of employment or take away benefits or privileges in order to discourage union activity
Promise employees a pay increase, promotion, benefit or special favor if they oppose the union
Ask your opinion of the union
Under Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (and similar state laws) it is illegal for your boss to commit any of the acts listed above.
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Note: The law cited above applies to most private sector workers in the USA. However, different laws govern public sector, railroad, airline and farmworker employees and “independent contractors.” For more legal information see our Know Your Rights page.
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