The NLRA employee rights poster provides details about employees’ rights, as well as examples of specific activities that are illegal for employers and for the union. The poster also provides employees with resources to better understand their legal rights, and includes mechanisms for taking action against employers who are in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
- Employees may form, help, or join a union with the goal of negotiation with an employer about salary, hours, and working conditions.
- Employees may seek help from a union.
- Employees may engage in collective bargaining between employee and employer.
- Employees may talk with a union or co-workers about organizing a union.
- Employees may discuss employment terms and workplace conditions with co-workers or unions.
- Employees may take action to improve their working conditions.
- Employees have the right to make a formal complaint about working conditions to their employer or to an agency of the U.S. government.
- Employees have the right to strike or picket.
- Employees may choose not to join a union or take part in any of the above activities.
Illegal Union Activities
- A union may not make threats against employees in order to encourage them to join the union.
- A union cannot refuse to submit a complaint because an employee isn’t part of the union or because an employee has criticized the union.
- A union may not discriminate in making job referrals from a hiring hall.
- A union may not influence employers to discriminate against any of their employees because their union-related activities.
- A union may not threaten an employee for not joining or not supporting the union.
Illegal Employer Activities
- An employer cannot stop employees from joining or taking an interest in a union during their off-work time.
- An employer may not discourage employees or question employees in a negative manner about their union activities.
- An employer cannot take adverse action against employees because of their involvement in or support of a union.
- An employer cannot make threats to close the workplace if workers choose to have union representation.
- An employer may not discourage union interaction by way of bribery.
- An employer cannot stop employees from wearing or showing union propaganda.
- An employer cannot spy on union gatherings.
Resources for Employees Whose Rights Have Been Violated
- Employees should contact the NLRB within 6 months of a violation of rights.
- Employees may inquire about their rights and report violations without their employer knowing.
- An employee complaint about an NLRA violation may be filed by someone other than the employee.
- If a violation has occurred in which an employee was fired, the NLRB has the ability to order the employer to rehire the fired employee with a payout of lost salary and benefits.
- The NLRB has the authority to order a violation to cease on the part of an employer or the union.
- The NLRA poster provides NLRB contact information for filing violation complaints or for seeking assistance with employees’ rights.