This page is full of information for those who are interested in joining our union to help better their working environment and lifestyle. The information on this page helps to explain your legal right to organize.
Wage, benefits, and apprenticeship pages are also included in our website, and we encourage you to look them over so that you can see all that is available to you by becoming a member of Ironworkers Union Local No. 512.
If you would like more information, we encourage you to contact:
Your legal rights
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..."
You have the legal right under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act to join or support a union and to:
Secret ballot elections
To establish a union in a workplace, a majority of employees must express support for the union.
In most situations, the employees prove majority support through a secret-ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
After the union's election victory is officially certified by the National Labor Relations Board, your employer is legally required to negotiate in "good faith" with the union on a written contract covering wages, hours, and other working conditions.
Under Section 8 of the National Labor Relations Act, your employer cannot legally punish or discriminate against any worker because of union activity.
For example, your employer cannot legally do the following:
Enforcing your rights
Some employers try to prevent the workers from joining a union.
The best way to encourage your employer to recognize your union and negotiate a fair contract is to build a strong organization where you work.If your employer violates the law, the union can help you file "unfair labor practice" charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
The Labor board has the power -- backed up by the federal courts -- to order an employer to stop interfering with employee rights, to provide back pay, and to reverse any action taken against workers for union activity.
You can help protect your legal rights by:
Your notes don't have to be worded a certain way, but you should include what was said or done, who was involved, where and when it happened, and the names of any witnesses.