RIGHT TO ORGANIZE

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. 

-Bill of Rights, First Amendment

 

Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other mutual aid or protection.  

-National Labor Relations Act 1935


Some employers will say almost anything to keep you from joining or forming a union. And why wouldn't they? Until now, they've had all the control. In a union, you finally have a real voice in the decisions that affect you, your job, and your family--the decisions that matter most.

Labor unions are a vital part of any democracy. Union membership is the only way many working people can exercise any control in their workplace and in their future.

 

YOU HAVE A LEGAL RIGHT TO:

  • Join a union
  • Attend a union meeting on your own time
  • Talk to a union organizer
  • Declare yourself a union supporter
  • Assist in forming a union
 

EMPLOYERS ARE FORBIDDEN BY LAW TO:

  • Threaten you with discharge or punishment if you engage in union activity
  • Threaten to shut down business if workers form a union
  • Prevent you from soliciting members during non-working hours
  • Question you about union matters, union meetings, or union supporters
  • Ask how you or other workers intend to vote in an election
  • Ask whether you belong to a union or have signed up to join a union
  • Transfer or assign you to a less desirable work assignment because of your union activity
  • Threaten to terminate your benefits because you unionize
  • Threaten a layoff or loss of jobs in retaliation for voting for a union