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Know Your Rights

If you’re interested in union employment, or are talking with your coworkers about organizing your job site with the union, then be sure you know your rights. 

We’ve provided this handy list of 35 things your employer CANNOT DO, regardless of your status, with regards to your efforts to unionize.  If you’ve experienced any of these issues, please reach out to us.

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35 Things Your Employer CANNOT DO

It is unlawful for your employer, supervisor or foreman to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees seeking to organize or join a union.

Your employer cannot:

Anti_Employer.png  Engage in open or undercover surveillance of employees' union organizing activities, or give the impression that the employees are under surveillance (such as sending supervisors to spy on union meetings, watching the union hall, encouraging other employees to engage in surveillance).

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity.

Anti_Employer.png  Interfere with, restrain or coerce employees seeking to organize or join a union.

X_Checkbox.png  Grant employees wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to keep the union out.

Anti_Employer.png  Bar employee-union representatives from soliciting employees' memberships on or off the company property during non-working hours.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Ask employees about union matters, meetings, etc. (some employees may, of their own accord, walk up and tell of such matters. It is not an unfair labor practice to listen, but to ask questions to obtain additional information is illegal).

Anti_Employer.png  Ask employees what they think about the union or a union representative.

X_Checkbox.png  Ask employees how they intend to vote.

Anti_Employer.png  Threaten employees with reprisal for participating in union activities. For example, threaten to move the plant or close the business, curtail operations or reduce employee benefits.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Promise benefits if they reject the union.

Anti_Employer.png  Form a "company union," dominate or give financial support or other assistance to a union.

X_Checkbox.png  Announce that the company will not deal with the union.

Anti_Employer.png  Threaten to close, in fact close, or move plant in order to avoid dealing with a union.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have signed up for union representation.

Anti_Employer.png  Ask an employee, during the hiring interview, about his affiliation with a labor organization or how he feels about unions.

X_Checkbox.png  Make anti-union statements or act in a way that might show preference for a non-union worker.

Anti_Employer.png  Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when assigning overtime work or desirable work.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Purposely team up non-union workers and keep them apart from those supporting the union.

Anti_Employer.png  Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliation or activities.

X_Checkbox.png  Choose employees to be laid off in order to weaken the union's strength or discourage membership in the union.

Anti_Employer.png  Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of their union activity.

Anti_Employer.png  Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because of union activity.

X_Checkbox.png  Deviate from company policy for the purpose of getting rid of a union supporter.

Anti_Employer.png  Take action that adversely affects an employee's job or pay because of union activity.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.

Anti_Employer.png  Threaten a union member through a third party.

X_Checkbox.png  Promise employees a reward (and premium pay) will be discounted if the plant is unionized.

Anti_Employer.png  Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discounted if the plant is unionized.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.

Anti_Employer.png  Say unionization will do away with vacations, or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.

X_Checkbox.png  Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining the union.

Anti_Employer.png  Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage or take part in its circulation if started by employees.

Anti_Money_Discussion.png  Urge employees to try to induce others to oppose the union or keep out of it.

Anti_Employer.png  Visit the homes of the employees to urge them to reject the union. 

Any of the acts listed above may constitute a violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), as amended. You have rights and protection under the NLRA. If your employer does any of the things listed above, make a note of it, including names of those involved, time, place, etc. and report such incidents to your union.

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