When workers have a union, they have a voice on the job. Working together, they negotiate good wages and working conditions so they can provide a better life for their families. Union members have higher wages, greater job stability, retirement security, and access to quality healthcare for their families. It is no wonder that 57 million Americans who are not union members say they want to be part of one.
Sadly, workers are routinely denied that basic right. One out of four employers actually fire workers for trying to form a union. Many employers hire expensive lawyers and anti-union consultants to delay any union election, sometimes for years. In this climate, workers often feel powerless.
While the federal National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) establishes that workers have the right to join unions, it provides for a union election that is unlike any real democratic election—because one side has all the power. In a NLRA election, the employer can prohibit workers from talking about the union, harass workers who support the union, and intimidate workers with few, if any, repercussions.
Numerous reports have documented the harassment, intimidation, and illegal firings faced by workers who try to organize a union. The statistics are staggering: 25% of employers faced with an organizing drive fire at least one worker for supporting the union. More than half of all companies tell workers they will close down if workers vote for the union.
Majority sign-up, or “card check,” is a better way for workers to choose whether or not to join a union. Under majority sign-up, workers have the chance to talk to each other about the union without facing employer harassment. Instead of waiting months or even years for an election while the employer runs an anti-union campaign, workers who want a union simply sign cards asking the union to represent them in collective bargaining.
How to Form a Union Where You Work
Using the California Labor Laws Offensively
Majority Sign-Up or “Card Check”
The Employee Free Choice Act
“Why I Joined a Union” Stories from the AFL-CIO
Labor Education in California
Stand Up for El Super Grocery Workers
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015
Nonviolent civil disobedience and candle light vigil
Stand Up and Fight Back! El Super has delayed and denied justice to its workers for over TWO YEARS!
El Super is part of a multibillion dollar retail giant based in Mexico – Grupo Commercial Chedraui. They made over $100 million in profits in 2014.
Chedraui’s largely immigrant workforce in the U.S. toils in jobs that undermine basic industry labor standards. It is unconscionable and it has gone on for too long.
Justice for El Super workers
June 17th: Stand with El Super workers SAVE THE DATE! When: JUNE 17 Time: 11 AM Where: Highland Park Recreation Center, 6150 Piedmont Ave Los Angeles 90042 Join hundreds of El Super workers, elected leaders and community supporters who wil take to the streets on June 17 to protest unlawful firings and other worker rights […]
Stand with Security Workers
Is Apple locking the doors to success behind them?
Security officers contribute to the success of a tech industry in which the top 150 companies made over $103 billion in profit in 2013. Despite this wealth, big tech firms continue to lock out workers from the prosperity they helped create.
Join security officers who are lining up at Apple stores—although not for latest device—to demand good jobs that give everyone a shot at success.
All In to Win
California Labor is launching a new plan for organizing. “All In to Win” supports
large-scale, strategic organizing campaigns that lift up the Labor Movement and build
momentum for more organizing success. Using our collective strength and our political power, unions and Labor Councils can elevate these campaigns to victory. Join us in going ALL IN!
Axioms for Organizers by Fred Ross, Sr.
Axioms for Organizers by Fred Ross, Sr., Trailblazer for Social Justice is a collection of organizing wisdom from decades of fighting for social justice and equality throughout the United States and around the world. Click here to see more.
Unions: Working People Standing Together
Labor unions are about a simple proposition: By joining together, working women and men gain strength in numbers so they can have a voice at work about what they care about. They negotiate a contract with their employer for things like a fair and safe workplace, better wages, a secure retirement and family-friendly policies such as paid sick leave and scheduling hours. They have a voice in how their jobs get done, creating a more stable, productive workforce that provides better services and products.
Employee Free Choice Act
With our economy in shambles, it’s more important than ever for workers to bargain collectively for a better life. The Employee Free Choice Act would finally restore workers’ freedom to form and join unions free from employer harassment and intimidation.
Labor Education in California
Labor education is a priority for the union movement today. From students first learning about the labor movement, to well-seasoned organizers, it is important to keep educating ourselves about issues such as organizing, bargaining, strategic planning, leadership strategies, the economy and public policy. Here are some links to many of the important educational programs happening across the state of California today.
Majority Sign-Up or “Card Check”
Majority sign-up, or “card check,” is a better way for workers to choose whether or not to join a union. Under majority sign-up, workers have the chance to talk to each other about the union without facing the same kind of employer harassment. Instead of waiting months or even years for an election while the employer runs an anti-union campaign, workers who want a union simply sign cards asking the union to represent them in collective bargaining. This is a fair and democratic process that respects the will of the majority.
How to Form A Union Where You Work
If you do not have a union at your job, find out more about how to form one. Today, more people are taking the step to form unions on the job than at any time in recent history. You can be one of them! Click here for three steps that will get you started.
A union is a group of workers who come together to win respect on the job, better wages and benefits, more flexibility for work and family needs and a voice in improving the quality of their products and services. Workers in unions counter-balance the unchecked power of employers.