You Have The Right To Organize
You have the legal right to do the following under Section 7 of the National Labor
1. Attend meetings to discuss joining a union.
2. Read, distribute, and discuss union literature
(as long as you do this in non-work areas during non-work times, such as during breaks or lunch hours.)
3. Wear union
buttons, T-shirts, stickers, or other items on the job.
4. Sign a card asking your employer to recognize and bargain
with the union.
5. Sign petitions or file grievances related to wages, hours, working conditions, and other job issues.
6. Ask other employees to support the union, to sign union cards or petition, or to file grievances.
8 of the National Labor Relations Act, your employer cannot legally punish or discriminate against any worker because of union
For example, your employer cannot legally do the following:
· Threaten to or actually fire, lay off, discriminate,
harass, transfer, or reassign employees because they support the union.
· Favor employees who don't support the union
over those who do in promotions, job assignments, wages, hours, enforcement of rules, or any other working condition.
Promise employees a pay increase, promotion, benefit, or special favor if they oppose the union.
You can protect your
legal rights by:
· Keeping written notes of any incidents in which company officials or supervisors threaten, harass,
or punish workers because of union activity.
· Immediately reporting any such incidents to your organizing committee
and the ATU staff.
The National Labor Relations Act says:
Section 7: "Employees shall have the right to self-organization,
to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representation of their own choosing, and to
engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining..."
Section 8(a): "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..."