8 Step Process of Forming a Union

1
SHOWING OF
INTEREST
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requires that a minimum of 30% of the employees fill out union authorization cards before it will conduct an election.
2
ELECTION
PETITION FILED
UFCW Local 23 presents the signed cards to the NLRB with a request that it conduct an election.
3
ELECTION
DATE SET
The Union, a Company Representative, and the NLRB meet to set an election date, time and place that is mutually agreeable.
4
NLRB
ELECTION
You decide by secret ballot if you want Local 23 to begin negotiations with your Company.
A “YES” vote will give you the chance to proceed. VOTE YES!
5
PREPARE FOR
NEGOTIATIONS
During the 7-10 days it takes for the NLRB to certify the election results, you and your fellow employees will meet to decide what specific benefits you would like to have in a first contract. We will also begin the process of selecting a bargaining committee of employees.
6
NEGOTIATIONS The employees’ Negotiating Committee, Local 23 Representatives, and the Company begin a series of meetings to work out differences and develop a contract offer.
7
RATIFICATION You will meet to discuss and vote (by secret ballot) on the Company’s offer. If rejected, we go back into negotiations. If accepted, wage rates and all new benefits begin as of the contract date.
8
JOIN THE UNION Finally, after a contract is signed and you are already receiving better wages and benefits, you then become a member of the Union. This happens on the 31st day after the contract date.