Know Your Rights

The NLRA Section 7 Rights. The rights of employees are set forth principally in Section 7 of the Act, which provides as follows:

Sec. 7. 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 or other mutual aid or protection.”

Examples of Section 7 rights. Examples of the rights protected by this section are the following:

  • Forming or attempting to form a union among the employees of a company.
  • Joining a union whether the union is recognized by the employer or not.
  • Assisting a union to organize the employees of an employer.
  • Going out on strike to secure better working conditions.

IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR YOUR EMPLOYER, SUPERVISOR OR MANAGER TO INTERFERE WITH, RESTRAIN OR COERCE EMPLOYEES SEEKING TO ORGANIZE OR JOIN A UNION.

Some Examples of What Employers and Supervisors CAN NOT DO:

  1. They can NOT tell employees that they will be fired, disciplined or punished if they engage in union activity.
  2. They can NOT layoff or discharge any employee for union activity.
  3. They can NOT grant employees wage increases or special concessions in order to keep the union out.
  4. They can NOT bar employees or union representatives from soliciting members during non-working hours.
  5. They can NOT ask employees about confidential union matters, meetings, etc.
  6. They can NOT ask employees about the union or about union representatives.
  7. They can NOT ask employees how they intend to vote.
  8. They can NOT ask employees whether or NOT they belong to a union or have filled out authorization cards for a union.
  9. They can NOT, by the nature of the work assignment, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his/her union activity.
  10. They can NOT threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence them.
  11. They can NOT tell employees that existing benefits will be discontinued if your place of employment is unionized.
  12. They can NOT say unionization will force your place of employment to layoff workers.
  13. They can NOT say unionization will take away vacations or other benefits and privileges presently in effect.
  14. They can NOT promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the Union or refrain from joining the Union.

Any of the above acts constitutes a violation of the National Labor Relations Act and the State Labor Relations Act. Therefore, YOU as a good worker and a supporter of a free trade union movement should report these acts, if committed, to your Union Organizer.