Know Your Rights
It’s Your Right To:
- Participate in meetings to discuss joining the union and organizing.
- Distribute union materials in non-work areas on non-work time.
- Discuss the union with your co-workers.
- Circulate petitions or letters 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 and speak up for union recognition.
- 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)