There are certain rights employees who belong to Labor Unions have with regard to their employment. The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which was passed in 1935, codified such rights given to employees. The NLRA specifies basic rights of private sector employees to organize trade unions, engage in collective bargaining, and enjoy other rights including going on strike, if necessary. Further, The National Labor Relations Act doesn’t allow employers to interfere with the right of employees to organize, form, join or assist a labor organization for collective bargaining purposes.
The following are common examples of jobs where the employees are more than likely to be associated with union activity.
However, not everyone who is employed in these professions must, or do, belong to Unions. Ultimately, it is the employees’ decision to join or not.
There are certain activities that employers cannot undertake when their employees belong to a Union. Employers cannot:
When it comes to collective bargaining, there are certain rules that employers may not break. There are also certain rules applicable to the Labor Union itself.
A Labor Organization may not:
Further, there are certain rights a Union has with regard to requiring Union Members to pay fees to the Labor Union. For instance, where there is an agreement between an employer and a Labor Union, all employees in a bargaining unit may be required to pay Labor Union dues and fees within 30 days of being hired. In this case, employees who object to full Union Membership may continue as ‘core’ members and pay only a portion of the dues. An employee may object to Union Membership based on personal religious grounds. However, the employee still must pay a certain amount of dues. The amount of dues allowed to be charged by Unions is subject to federal and state laws and court rulings. Finally, Unions are obligated to tell all covered employees that the option to opt out of Union Membership exists.
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