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Organizing Rights
Updated On: May 14, 2009

Organizing | Organizing Rights

It is important for you as an employee to know and understand all your rights as a valuable part of your company. When working to unionize your store, there are certain things your employers cannot, by law, ask you about, threaten you with, or comment on. These regulations have been stipulated by federal law. Should you become the victim of any of the following, contact a union representative immediately.

It's Illegal for your Employer or Administration to:

  • Threaten to fire, discharge or punish you should you engage in union activity.
  • Retaliate against you or your co-workers in anyway for organizing your Union.
  • Give workers wage increases to dissuade organizing.
  • Promise promotions, raises or offer benefits if employees refrain from forming a Union.
  • Give employees who speak out against the union special favors or concessions, and they cannot promise employees promotions who initially support and then oppose forming a Union.
  • Say that existing employee benefits will be discontinued if the facility is Unionized.
  • Bar union representatives from talking with employees during non-working hours.
  • Inquire about confidential union matters, including Union meetings, Union Representatives or the Union itself.
  • Ask you whether or not you belong to a Union or actively support forming a Union.
  • Alter your work assignments, your work environment, or working conditions with the intention of firing you based on your support for unionization.
  • Threaten or coerce you in an attempt to influence your union support.
  • Spy on your Union activities.
  • Make threats regarding the discontinuation of benefits, wages, vacations, or job security should you and your fellow employees form a Union.
  • Ask employees if they have filled out a Union card.
  • Say Unionization will force the company to lay off employees.



Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act states:

"Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining…and shall have the right to refrain from any or all such activities."

It is your legal right to:


  • Fill out a union authorization card.
  • Talk to your co-workers about the Union (as long as it doesn't interfere with job duties).
  • Attend meetings about the union.
  • Pass out literature about the union.

    Join the organization that will fight for you!

    If you have any questions please call or email directly to:

    UFCW 8-Golden State
    916 786 - 0588    ·    888 - 8EIGHT8 (834-4488)

    For more information check out the following links:

  • Organizing Rights
  • What is a Union?
  • How to Join a Union
  • Union FAQ's

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