Know Your Rights at Work

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Your Rights

The United States Government, through the National Labor Relations Act, gives you the right to:

  • Help form or JOIN A UNION
  • BARGAIN over wages, benefits and working conditions with your employer
  • TALK ABOUT THE UNION at work as you would talk about any other subject
  • DISTRIBUTE UNION LITERATURE in non-work areas, on non-work time (breaks)
  • WEAR UNION BUTTONS and insignia at work

It is illegal for your employer to

  • THREATEN or coerce you in any way
  • RETALIATE against you in any way for union activities
  • CLOSE THE FACILITY or threaten, directly or indirectly, to close the facility simply because a union is organized
  • LAY OFF EMPLOYEES or threaten, directly or indirectly, to lay off employees simply because a union is organized
  • THREATEN, directly or indirectly, that you will lose wages, benefits, or working conditions by choosing a union
  • PROMISE increases in pay or benefits during a campaign if employees vote against the union
  • SPY on your union activities
  • ASK YOU about your union activities or attitudes.