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Know Your Rights
Updated On: Aug 22, 2016

HOW YOUR EMPLOYER PREVENTS UNIONS

When American workers seek to exercise the right to stand up for their rights and form a union, they almost always receive intimidation and coercion tactics from the company.  Some companies will even go as far as hiring somebody who is in charge of “union busting.” Some of the other tactics used are captive audience meetings, one-on-one meetings with supervision, threatening to close or move the workplace if the workers vote to unionize, and some will go as far as firing workers for union activity.  There are laws put into place to stop these intimidation tactics.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

35 Things an Employer Can Not Do

1. 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.

2. Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity.

3. Lay off, discharge, and discipline any employee for union activity.

4. Grant employees wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to keep the union out.

5. Bar employee-union representatives from soliciting employees’ memberships on or off the company property during non-waking hours.

6. 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).

7. Ask employees what they think about the union or a union representative once the employee refuses to discuss it.

8. Ask employees how they intend to vote.

9. Threaten employees with reprisal for participating in union activities.  For example, threaten to move the plant or close the business, curtail operations or reduce employees’ benefits.

10. Promise benefits to employees if they reject the union.

11. Give financial support or other assistance to a union.

12. Announce that the company will not deal with the union.

13. Threaten to close, in fact close, or move plant in order to avoid dealing with a union.

14. Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have signed up for union representation.

15. Ask an employee, during the hiring interview, about his affiliation with a labor organization or how he feels about unions.

16. Make anti-union statements or act in a way that might show preference for a non-union man.

17. Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when signing overtime work or desirable work.

18. Purposely team up non-union men and keep them apart from those supporting the union.

19. Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliations or activities.

20. Choose employees to be laid off in order to weaken the union’s strength or discourage membership in the union.

21. Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.

22. By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his union activity.

23. Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because of union activity.

24. Deviate from company policy for the purpose of getting rid of a union supporter.

25. Take action that adversely affects an employee’s job or pay rate because of union activity.

26. Threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.

27. Threaten a union member through a third party.

28. Promise employees a reward or future benefit if they decide “no union”.

29. Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discontinued if the plant is unionized.

30. Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.

31. Say unionization will do away with vacations or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.

32. Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining the union.

33. Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage or take part in its circulation if started by employees.

34. Urge employees to try to induce others to oppose the union or keep out of it.

35. Visit the homes of employees to urge them to reject the union.

Contact information:

Office- (610) 432-9762   or  Justin Grimshaw

                                                 Membership Development Representative

                                                 (610) 432-1033 Ext. 217

                                                 jgrimshaw@ibew375.org


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