Know Your Rights
Did you know there are federal laws in place to protect workers interested in forming a union? It’s true. You may be surprised to learn that many activities, some even on company property, are completely protected by our federal government.
- You have the right to distribute union flyers and brochures in non-work areas during breaks and lunch.
- You have the right to wear union buttons, stickers, T-shirts and hats to show your colors.
- You have the right to sign a USW membership card and demand company recognition of the union.
- You have the right to petition and join together with co-workers to protest unfair treatment or demand improvements in wages, hours or working conditions.
- You have the right to organize fellow employees, support the union, and distribute literature and membership cards to be signed.
- You have the right to file complaints against your company.
- You have the right to participate in meetings to discuss joining a Union.
United States National Labor Relations Act
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 …"
What Your Boss Can't Do
- Your boss cannot favor employees who oppose the union over ones who support it. This includes promotions and special treatment.
- Your boss cannot threaten to close your place of employment or take away benefits because you and co-workers support joining a union.
- Your boss cannot promise raises or other favorable treatment if you oppose joining a union.
- Your boss cannot ask you your opinion of the union.
- You cannot be fired, laid-off, disciplined, harassed, transferred or reassigned for supporting a union.
United States National Labor Relations Act Section 8 (a)
"It shall be an unfair labor practice for an employer …to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of rights guaranteed in Section 7…"
For more information, contact the USW at (877) 511-8792.