Know Your Rights

It’s Your Right To:

  1. Participate in meetings to discuss joining the union and organizing.
  2. Distribute union materials in non-work areas on non-work time.
  3. Discuss the union with your co-workers.
  4. Circulate petitions or letters or join together in other activities to protest unfair treatment or demand improvements in wages, hours and working conditions.
  5. Organize other employees to support the union and speak up for union recognition.
  6. Sign union petitions and vote for the union, even if your position is funded by Americorps or similar.

It’s Against the Law for Your Employer To:

  • Question you about the union.
  • Fire anyone or threaten to fire, layoff, discipline, harass, transfer or reassign an employee because they support the union.
  • Promise employees a pay increase, promotion, benefit or special favor if they oppose the union.
  • Favor employees who don’t support the union over those that do when it comes to promotions, hours, wages, 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.
  • Make any irregular changes in your working conditions, benefits or wages once you’ve made your collective intention to unionize public.

The National Labor Relations Act Says:

“Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join or bargain collectively through representation of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining…”  – Section 7

“It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer…to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed in Section 7…” – Section 8(a)


If you feel your rights have been violated, please call 312-738-3010.