Workers’ Rights

35 Things Your Employer Cannot Do!
Did you know, the employer cannot:

  • Attend any union meeting, park across the street from the hall or engage in any undercover activity which would indicate that the employees are being kept under surveillance to determine who is and who is not participating in the union program.
  • Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity.
  • Lay off, discharge, discipline any employee for union activity.
  • Grant employees wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to keep the union out.
  • Bar employee-union representatives from soliciting employees’ memberships on or off the company property in non-working hours.
  • Ask employees about union matters, meetings, etc. (Some employees may, of their own accord, walk up and tell of such matters. It is not an unfair labor practice to listen, but to ask questions to obtain additional information is illegal.)
  • Ask an employee what they think about the union or a union representative once the employee refuses to discuss it.
  • Ask employees how they intend to vote.
  • Threaten employees with reprisal for participating in union activities, for example, threaten to move the plant or close the business, curtail operations or reduce emmployees’ benefits.
  • Promise benefits to employees if they reject the union.
  • Give financial support or other assistance to a union.
  • Announce the company will not deal with the union.
  • Threaten to close, in fact close, or move plant in order to avoid dealing with a union.
  • Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have signed up for union representation.
  • Ask a prospective employee, during the hiring interview, about his or her affiliation with a labor organization or how he or she feels about unions.
  • Make anti-union statements or act in a way that might show preference for a non-union worker.
  • Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when assigning overtime work or desirable work.
  • Purposely team up non-union workers and keep them apart from those supporting the union.
  • Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliations or activities.
  • Choose employees to be laid off in order to weaken the union’s strength or discourage membership in the union.
  • Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.
  • By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his or her union activity.
  • Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because of of union activity.
  • Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because of union activity.
  • Take action that adversely affects an employee’s job or pay rate because of union activity.
  • Threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.
  • Threaten a union member through a third part.
  • Promise employees a reward or future benefit if they decide “no union.”
  • Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discontinued if the plant is unionized.
  • Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.
  • Say unionization will do away with vacations or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.
  • Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining the union.
  • Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage or take part in its circulation if started by employees.
  • Urge employees to try to induce others to oppose the union or keep out of it.
  • Visit the homes of employees to urge them to reject the union.

It is unlawful for your employer, supervisor or foreman to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees seeking to organize or join a union. Any f the acts listed above constitute a violation of the National Labor Relations Act, as Amended.

Here is the law: Your Rights

“Section 7. Employees shall have the right to self-organize, 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…”