Why Form a Union?

Employees can solve problems at work more effectively as a group. Through forming a union and negotiating a contract, employees can secure the things they like about their job, and they can make changes in areas that need improvement.

White-collar and blue-collar workers agree: With a union they have a concrete way to improve their job and their lives. Unions get results.

A Voice at Work

If employees don’t have a voice at work, they can gain one through a union. If they face unfair treatment, they can negotiate policies that ensure fairness. If they have low wages and poor benefits, they have a way to demand better. If they have concerns about staffing levels, overtime, safety or other conditions of work, they can have a voice in making change.

Better Benefits

Union workers are more likely than their non-union counterparts to receive health care and pension benefits according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Learn more about the Union Difference

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Know Your Rights

It is your legally protected right to organize and form a union. The National Labor Relations Act clearly states: “Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, to join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection.” The State Labor Relations Act contains similar language to protect state employees.

It is illegal for an employer to stand in the way of employees exercising their rights to organize. Your rights are clear. Management cannot lawfully:

  • Fire, threaten to fire, discriminate against, or punish employees in any way for union activity.
  • Bar employees from discussing the union with co-workers during non-working hours.
  • Ask employees about the union, union meetings, or any other questions pertaining to the organizing and administration of your union.
  • Coerce employees by changing or threatening to change wages, hours of work, shifts, overtime or any other conditions of work.
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