How to Organize a Union
Interested in organizing a union in your workplace? A union is simply a majority of employees who join together to better their work lives.
Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) you have the legal right to form a union in your workplace. The NLRA says:
To get a union started, the first thing you need to do is talk to your co-workers. Do they share the same concerns you have? Or, do they have other issues? Is there a common theme to these concerns such as lack of respect and dignity; lack of a voice in the workplace; unfair treatment; and/or wages and benefits lower than other people working in the same industry?
Workers Create Their Own Organization
Our experience tells us that it's best when workers organize themselves if they are to create a viable organization in their workplace. IBEW organizers and staff can help. But, it's the workers who must join together and build their organization. After talking with your co-workers to find out their issues, you can call IBEW 715 to talk with a union organizer. He or she will set up a meeting with you and some of your co-workers. Together, you will create a plan for organizing a union in your workplace.
A Typical Organizing Campaign
The campagin will consist of talking with co-workers about the union, asking them to sign a petition of support. When there is a strong majority of support (65% of employees have signed the petition of support), the union will file for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Usually, the NLRB will then meet with the union and employer to establish the criteria for employees who will be eligible to vote in the union election. The NLRB sets a date for a secret ballot election.
Under Section 7 of the NLRA, you have the legal right to:
Bargaining a Contract
After the union's election victory is officially certified by the NLRB, your employer is legally required to negotiate in "good faith" with the union on a written contract covering wages, hours, and other working conditions.
If you're interested in organizing a union in your workplace fill out the Organize Today form on the homepage to be contacted by an IBEW organizer. Please be sure that the e-mail address you would like to be contacted at is NOT A WORK E-MAIL ADDRESS. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.
Content on this page is directly from CWA Local 6012.
Page Last Updated: May 14, 2007 (07:30:32)