Your legal right to organize
It is your legal right to support, form and/or advocate a union at your workplace.
Your rights to organize are set forth in Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act:
"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 concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection..."
This means that you have the legal right to help organize, to join, and to support a union of your own choosing. This includes but is not limited to such activities as:
Under Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act, your employer cannot punish you for your union activity.
For example, your employer cannot legally do the following:
You can protect your legal rights.
The best way to encourage your employer to recognize a union and negotiate a fair contract is to build a strong organization where you work.
If your employer violates the law, the union can help you file "unfair labor practice" charges with the National Labor Relations Board. The Labor Board has the power to order an employer to stop interfering with employees rights, to provide back pay, and to reverse any action taken against workers for union activity. Decisions made by the Labor Board are court enforced to provide teeth to the Act.
You can help protect your legal rights by:
Have questions? Email Local 1776 Keystone State's Director of Field Services, Len Purnell: email@example.com