Unions vary in size and membership, however, the basic benefits of union membership remain consistent.
Formation and Recognition
The unionizing process looks pretty simple on paper — it’s only a few steps, after all. But the success of each one of those steps requires teamwork and careful strategy. Nobody said it would be a walk in the park, but when it comes time to reap the rewards of higher pay and greater equity, it’s worth it. Articles in this section dig into the processes, both the legal and more informal, that bring you from initial conversations to winning that certification election.
While we have faith in your social skills, there are some things you should know before approaching your peers about unionizing. That’s why we’ve compiled some helpful tips on how to broach the subject like a boss. Or rather, like a worker.
Anxieties over being too public with union activities are bound to come up, so here’s a rundown on a few aspects of the process to know when it comes to privacy.
An election is the most common way workers express their desire to form a new union. Here are the main steps for a union election through the NLRB.
Sometimes the word union and phrase bargaining unit are used interchangeably, but knowing how one functions in relation to the other under U.S. law is key in the early stages of organizing your workplace.
We’ve outlined the steps every unit needs to take to become certified and receive those much-coveted legal protections.
In this article, we take a look at what legal protections apply when organizing a union and how a company might try to stop you.
Federal law guarantees you the right to organize your workplace. However, the reality of at-will employment for non-union staff makes things more complicated.
Union-busting has been a lucrative industry dating back to the infamous Pinkertons. The tactics have changed but the goal is the same - to intimidate workers out of organizing. What should you expect and how can you respond?
Taking your union public is an inevitable step that every organizer and organizing committee must make. It can come before cards are signed or after the results of an election are certified, but at some point in or after the process, you’ll have to.
In this article, we’ll look at the first formal action you’ll need to take when having your union certified: petitioning for a union election.
Unions are a group of people working collectively towards a solution. Whether in-person or virtual, it’s important to know how to facilitate effective meetings so that you can keep your organizing campaign moving forward.
Now that you're sure you want to take your union efforts public, we’ve outlined five ways you can do just that.
Don’t jump right to an election! Take the time to build support and a strong unit that can and will prevail in the end.
As social media has become all but ubiquitous, workers and
Though the unpredictable nature of people and politics means that strategies and plans change rapidly, there are some standard tools in every organizer’s kit.
Publicizing your union goals, updates, and more to the public allows you to make inroads with communities involved in the labor movement and build solidarity.
Keeping members engaged is all about finding a balance between encouraging participation without alienating them or burning people out. To quote the lefty poet and playwright Oscar Wilde; “The trouble with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.”
Especially if you’re just getting started, this may seem like a lot to take in, but it’s important to know that you need to be strategic about who your union represents from the outset and be able to see through the sometimes murky lines that divide you and your coworkers from management.
At its root, an organizing committee is a group of workers who come together to change their workplace; OCs may form on an ad hoc basis or to address specific workplace issues, like health and safety concerns.megan
The factors that classify someone as a manager or supervisor may not always be so clearcut, but there are general differences that can help you narrow your list down.
We live in a world filled with anti-union myths. We’re not taught how to organize unions in school and many people don’t have direct experiences as or with a union member. Anti-union campaigns exploit this reality and prey on people’s fears.
Talking to coworkers is a critical part of forming a union - not just once, but on an ongoing basis. Management talks to workers all day - for the union to be meaningful it has to become a stronger force than management.
Union neutrality is a promise made by management not to interfere during an organizing drive. It typically creates a more collaborative, less expensive, and less time-consuming unionizing process and negotiations.
There are a few key pieces of prep work that will help you launch a successful public campaign. Here are three must-haves before going public: