What is a union?
Unions are workers who organize to negotiate and enforce a legally binding contract with management that guarantees the things you care about like decent wages, affordable health care, job security, and a stable schedule.
How do unions relate to me?
Unions are about you and your coworkers’ freedom to demand how you want to be treated at work. Through the union, you and your coworkers empower, protect, and support each other in ways that management can’t or refuses. You are the union and You make the decisions in the workplace.
How do I join a union?
The first step is to form an organizing committee of coworkers and sign ‘authorization cards.’ These cards let the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) know that a group of workers wish to be legally recognized as a union.
What does an authorization card do?
Your card is a voluntary request to the NLRB to create a union with your coworkers. When at least 30% of a group of workers signs cards, the NLRB will hold an election where you vote to be legally represented by your union.
Will my employer know that I signed an authorization card?
No! Your signature is completely confidential. Only the union and the NLRB will have access to your signature card.
Is my employer allowed to surveil, punish, or fire me for joining a union?
Absolutely not. In fact, your employer is not even allowed to ask you questions about your union activity. If they do, your union can file an unfair labor practice to fine or punish the employer. If you believe your rights have been violated, contact your union representative or any WCEJC Organizer!