WHO OR WHAT IS THE UNION?
You are the Union: A Union is composed of employees like yourself, who band together in order to gain a voice; concerning their wages, hours, benefits and working conditions.
WHY SHOULD WE ORGANIZE A UNION?
Unorganized employees organize and join Unions because Union members enjoy higher wages, better benefits and working conditions.
WILL I BE FIRED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BECAUSE I WANT TO ORGANIZE?
No: Federal law protects your right to "form, join or assist" Labor Organizations and specifically states that your supervisors cannot coerce or discriminate against you, in any way, because of your desire to organize a Union.
HOW DO WE GO ABOUT ORGANIZING A UNION?
Step 1: RECOGNITION
Recognition - is when your Employer accepts the fact that an employee organization (the Union) represents a majority of his or her employees and that this Union has the legal right to negotiate; concerning wages, hours, benefits and conditions of work.
A. When a majority of the employees have filled out Authorization Cards, then the Employer can Voluntarily Recognize the Union. But - most Employers refuse to Voluntarily Recognize the Union, therefore . . .
B. Employees usually gain recognition through a Secret Ballot Election that is conducted by the Federal Government. After a majority of employees vote for Union representation, your Employer is required by law to Recognize you and begin contract negotiations with his or her employees.
Step 2: CONTRACT PROPOSALS AND NEGOTIATIONS
At this point you, the employees, with the help of your Union representatives, draw up a contract proposal. This proposal sets down in writing the wages, benefits and working conditions you want and which you feel are justified. At this time you also elect a Negotiation Committee, which is made up of your fellow employees. This proposed contract is offered to the Employer and negotiations commence.
Step 3: RATIFICATION OF THE CONTRACT
After a contract has been negotiated and agreed to by the Employer and your Negotiating Committee, this tentative contract is brought back to all the employees for acceptance. If a majority of employees vote to accept this contract, the contract is put into effect and only then can the employees officially join the Union.
There is No Initiation Fee for any employee who is employed at the time the contract takes effect.
You are the Union: And only you can organize a Union where you work. Don't delay - fill out your Authorization Card today and take a few extras for your fellow employees to sign.
WITH A UNION. . .
You are guaranteed a voice in negotiating with your employer.
For example you can negotiate:
- To eliminate under-staffing
- Incentives to retain qualified staff
- Job security
- Stable and fair scheduling practices
- Call in and over-time compensation
- Dignity, rights and respect on the job
- Safe working conditions
THE UNION CAN BENEFIT YOUR CUSTOMERS OR RESIDENTS TOO!
- With sufficient staffing your customers will receive better products or services and your residents will receive better care.
- Working with the Union you can assure the most qualified staff will stay at the facility through job security.