Organizing: Know Your Rights!

You have the right to organize a union!

America is a free, fair and democratic society. Thus your right to organize a union is protected by federal law, even in a right to work state. But our rights are only valid if we enforce them by beginning the process of standing together in a union.

 

Your rights are protected under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act, a federal law. It is unlawful for an employer to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees seeking to organize a union.

 

WHAT THE EMPLOYER CANNOT DO: 

  • They cannot tell employees that management will re or punish employees if they engage in union activity.
  • They cannot lay-o or discharge any employee for union activity.
  • They cannot bar employees from signing union petitions during non-working hours.
  • They cannot bar employees from discussing the union during working hours (in non-patient areas) provided it does not interfere with patient care.
  • They cannot ask employees about confidential union matters, meetings, etc.
  • They cannot ask employees about the union representatives.
  • They cannot ask employees how they intend to vote.
  • They cannot ask employees whether or not they belong to a union or have signed a petition for a union.
  • They cannot, by the nature of the work assignment, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of their union activity.
  • They cannot threaten employees or coerce them in any way in an attempt to influence their vote.
  • They cannot tell employees that existing benefits will be discontinued if the facility is unionized.
  • They cannot say unionization will take away the benefits and privileges presently in effect.
  • They cannot promise employees promotions, raises, or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from¬†joining it.

 

Any of the above acts constitutes a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. You can protect your right to organize. If you feel your rights have been violated please contact us: