Your Rights

Your Rights

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (the Act) guarantees employees "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," as well as the right "to refrain from any or all such activities."

Under Section 7 of the NLRA, you have the right to do the following:

  • Attend meetings to discuss forming a union with your co-workers;

  • Read and distribute union literature and discuss union matters (as long as you do this in non-work areas during non-work times, such as during breaks or lunch hours);

  • Wear union buttons, t-shirts, stickers, hats, or other items on the job;

  • Sign a card asking your employer to recognize and bargain with your union;

  • Sign petitions or file grievances related to wages, hours, working conditions, and other job issues; and

  • Ask other employees to support the union, to sign union cards or petitions, or to file grievance.