The Five Basic Steps to Organizing a Union
There are a few basic steps to winning a union voice on the job. To start organizing a union at your workplace, quietly talk to a few coworkers who you think might be interested in organizing, then contact us and we’ll help you develop a comprehensive organizing plan.
Step 1: Build an Organizing Committee
Leaders are identified, and an organizing committee representing all major departments and shifts is formed. Committee members must be willing to work hard to educate themselves and their coworkers about the union, and the organizing committee must be educated about the right of workers to organize.
Step 2: Adopt An Issues Program
The organizing campaign activities include developing a program of union demands (the improvements you are organizing to achieve) and a strategy for the union election campaign, as well as a plan for highlighting workplace issues.
Step 3: Sign-Up Majority on Union Cards
Coworkers are encouraged to join UE and support the union program by signing membership cards; the goal is to sign up a large number of coworkers, setting the stage for a vote.
Step 4: Win the Union Election
The signed cards are used to petition the state or federal labor board to hold a union election, after which the employer must recognize and bargain with the union. Winning a union election requires not only a strong organizing committee, but also a plan to combat the employer’s anti-union campaign.
Step 5: Negotiate a Contract
Workers must be mobilized to support the union’s contract demands (decided by you and your coworkers) and put pressure on the employer to meet them after the election victory.
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There is no other union where members run their own local unions like UE, but you don’t have to go it alone. UE will be there for you every step of the way, from organizing to negotiating your first contract, and teaching you how to build and run your own local union.
Can you get fired for trying to start a union?
Supervisors and managers cannot spy on you (or appear to spy on you), coerce you into answering questions, threaten you, or bribe you about your union activity or the union activities of your coworkers, and you cannot be fired, disciplined, demoted, or penalized in any way for participating in these activities.
How many employees are needed to form a union?
If a majority of workers want to form a union, they can do so in one of two ways: the NLRB will hold an election if at least 30% of workers sign cards or a petition stating their desire for a union.
Is it hard to get a union job?
Union jobs are more difficult to come by than other types of work, and as the economy worsens, more people seek union jobs for greater protection, especially as layoffs become more common. Union workers typically earn higher wages and have more power to influence company leadership than non-union workers.
Can I join a union without my employer knowing?
No. Every worker has the legal right to choose whether or not to join a trade union or participate in lawful union activities, and any action taken by an employer to prevent a worker from exercising this right, whether at the time of recruitment, during employment, or at the time of termination, is illegal.
Why would a company not want a union?
Long-term contracts can limit flexibility, work rules can limit re-engineering and innovation, and u201cmembers firstu201d values can limit technology, to name a few reasons why most employers dislike unions.
Why do employers fight unions?
When employees express interest in forming a union, the company usually responds with an anti-union campaign, such as holding group meetings to scare workers away from signing authorization cards or speaking with union representatives. Their only hope is to keep you from forming a union.
How much does it cost to form a union?
Employees pay dues when a union wins an NLRB election; the average annual cost of union dues is $400, or about two hours of pay per month, and unions prefer full-time dues payers.
Can a company deny a union?
Can an Employer Refuse a Union? In order to avoid an unfair labor practice, or ULP, an employer cannot refuse or restrain employees from participating in union organizing efforts, and both the employer and the labor organization must agree to communicate with each other, and neither can refuse collective bargaining with the other.
Can small businesses unionize?
The National Labor Relations Act applies to all private employers engaged in interstate commerce, which covers pretty much every small business in the United States, so even if your company only has a few non-supervisory employees, they may unionize.
What is the highest paid union trade?
Careers in the highest-paying trades
- Construction manager.
- Dental hygienist.
- Radiation therapist.
- Landscape designer.
- Respiratory therapist.
What type of jobs are union?
Health care, public sector, construction, writing, and service workers unions are among the many types of unions that represent a wide range of professions, including nurses, journalists, manufacturers, construction workers, municipal workers, and hotel workers, to name a few.
Can I join a union on my own?
Any worker can join a trade union by law, and your employer cannot fire you for doing so; similarly, you are not required to join a union if you don’t want to. You can join any union you’re eligible for, which usually means any union that represents your industry.
Is joining a union a good idea?
Union members have better wages and benefits than nonunion workers, with union workers earning 28 percent more on average. Labor unions give workers the power to bargain for better working conditions and other benefits through collective bargaining.
Can any workplace have a union?
There are unions for electricians, engineers, communications workers, actors, writers, and office workers, to name a few. 4. Form an organizing committee. Your coworkers from step one will most likely form the core of an organizing committee.
Can I join a union during a disciplinary?
No, a worker does not have to be a union member to request that a trade union official accompany him or her to a disciplinary or grievance hearing; however, the union official must agree to appear on the worker’s behalf.