Organizing FAQ: What your employer CANNOT DO

When you are trying to organize a union…

Your Employer CANNOT:

1. Attend any union meetings, park across the street from the hall or engage in any undercover activity which would indicate that employees are being kept under surveillance to determine who is and who is not participating in the union programs.

2. Tell employees that the company will fire or punish them if they engage in union activity.

3. Lay off, discharge, discipline any employee for union activity.

4. Grant employee wage increases, special concessions or benefits in order to keep the union out.

5. Bar employee-union representatives from soliciting employee’s memberships on or off the company property during non-working hours.

6. Ask employees about union matters, meetings, etc.

7. Ask employees what they think about the union or a union representative.

8. Ask employees how they intend to vote.

9. Threaten employees with reprisal for participating in union activities. For example, threaten to move the plant or close the business, curtail operations or reduce employees’ benefits.

10. Promise benefits to employees if they reject the union.

11. Give financial support or other assistance to the union.

12. Announce that the company will not deal with the union.

13. Threaten to close, in fact close, or move the plant in order to avoid dealing with the union.

14. Ask employees whether or not they belong to a union, or have signed up for representation.

15. Ask an employee, during the hiring interview, about his affiliation with a labor organization or how he feels about unions.

16. Make anti-union statements or act in a way that might show preference for a non-union person.

17. Make distinctions between union and non-union employees when assigning overtime or desirable work.

18. Purposely team up non-union employees and keep them apart from those supporting the union.

19. Transfer workers on the basis of union affiliations or activities.

20. Choose employees to be laid off in order to weaken the union’s strength or discourage membership in the union.

21. Discriminate against union people when disciplining employees.

22. By nature of work assignments, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his or her union activity.

23. Fail to grant a scheduled benefit or wage increase because of union activity.

24. Deviate from company policy for the purpose of getting rid of a union supporter.

25. Take action that adversely affects an employee’s job or pay rate because of union activity.

26. Threaten workers or coerce them in an attempt to influence their vote.

27. Threaten a union member through a third party.

28. Promise employees a reward or future benefit if they decide “no-union”.

29. Tell employees overtime work (and premium pay) will be discontinued if the plant is unionized.

30. Say unionization will force the company to lay off employees.

31. Say unionization will do away with vacations or benefits and privileges presently in effect.

32. Promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining the union.

33. Start a petition or circular against the union or encourage or take part in it’s circulation if started by employees.

34. Urge employees to try to induce others to oppose the union or keep out of it.

35. Visit the homes of employees to coerce them into rejecting the union.

Know your rights!

If your boss has engaged in any of these activities, contact your committee chairperson or the Union Representative as soon as possible!

Organizing FAQ