How To Start A Union?

Here’s how to get started:

  • Find some coworkers you trust (and be careful who you trust) and speak to them about whether they would be interested in finding out more about starting a union.
  • Contact a union organizer.
  • Figure out which union is right for you.
  • Form an organizing committee.
  • Get a majority to sign on.

Can you get fired for trying to start a union?

No, you cannot be fired for union organizing. Yes you can be fired as an at-will employee for any reason or no reason, provided it is not an illegal reason or violates public policy. That said, they will be able to fire you provided they can show it wasn’t for union organizing.

How can I unionize my workplace?

To make that happen at your workplace, you need to:

  1. Identify the unit of workers you’re talking about.
  2. Identify a labor union that you want to represent you.
  3. Send to the regional NLRB office cards or petitions indicating that at least 30 percent of the members of your unit want a unionization election.

Is it worth being in a union?

“The more people are members and active, the more likely we are to get a positive response.” For many, joining a union is less an opportunity to enjoy personal benefits than the chance to support the lobbying work that unions do for workers’ rights in general – from protecting pensions to challenging low pay.

Can I join a union without my employer knowing?

You do not have to tell your employer if you are a member. Use our Union Finder tool to see which union is relevant to you. What are National Insurance and income tax?