Local 7032

 

How to Organize a Union Where You Work

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:

* Section 7: "Employees shall have the right to
self-organization, to form, join, or assist
labor organizations, to bargain collectively
through representation of their own choosing, and to engage in other
concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining . . . ."

* Section 8(a): "It shall be an unfair labor
practice for an employer . . . to interfere with,
restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise of
the rights guaranteed in section 7. . . ."


Getting Started


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. CWA
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 CWA 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 a organizing a
union in your workplace.


A Typical Organizing Campaign

The campaign 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 the 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.

What You Can Do

Under Section 7 of the NLRA, you have the legal right to:

1. Attend meetings to discuss joining a union.

2. Read, distribute, and discuss union literature (as
long as you do this in non-work areas during non-work
times, such as during breaks or lunch hours).

3. Wear union buttons, t-shirts, stickers, hats, or
other items on the job.

4. Sign a card asking your employer to recognize and
bargain with the union.

5. Sign petitions or file grievances related to wages,
hours, working conditions, and other job
issues.

6. Ask other employees to support the union, to sign
union cards or petitions, or to file grievances.


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.


Public Workers

Some public workers do not have the right to bargain collectively.
However, they do have the right to form a union and work together to
lobby for better wages and working conditions. Contact CWA to find out
the laws in your state.


Contact Us

CWA Local 7032 1020 South 4th Ave. Yuma, AZ 85364 Phone: (928) 329-7032