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An essential piece of the PRO Act, which would create monetary penalties for companies that violate workers’ union rights, appears to have been included in the Senate Democrats' current budget reconciliation bill.
The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Federal Service Labor Management Relations Statute protect the rights of workers in interactions between employees, unions, and employers. Most importantly, these laws safeguard employees from undue influence or unfair treatment by an employer. Knowing these rights will help you recognize when to contact a lawyer that knows how to file an Unfair Labor Practice charge.
Unions give workers more power concerning important workplace matters such as pay, working conditions, and benefits. However, many workers do not fully understand their rights when it comes to forming and joining a labor union.
In this post, we’ll quickly give workers what they need to know about forming a union and how they can learn more about their rights.
by Brandon Magner | Labor Law Lite
It has been common wisdom since the 1960s that the National Labor Relations Board is a structurally deficient agency. It has a broad statutory mission to protect workers’ rights by encouraging the spread of collective bargaining across American industry, but it has little means of enforcing its mandate. The text of the National Labor Relations Act was immediately interpreted narrowly by the Supreme Court to not provide for any punitive fines, so our labor law is only remedial in nature. Employers learned to exploit this loophole, and as unions became smaller and weaker, there was less economic, social, and political blowback for employers who flagrantly violated the NLRA. It even became good business, as an entire cottage industry of expert union-avoidance consultants and law firms sprung up in the latter twentieth century to teach companies how to break the law without consequence.
A LaborLab/Centiment poll conducted between April 7 - 10 2021 found that 65% of workers under the age of forty are unfamiliar with their right to unionize.
Sixty years ago, close to one third of workers in the United States belonged to unions, but a steady decline has left only one in ten workers with union representation. This is one of the reasons that so many workers in the United States aren’t earning a living wage, have poor working conditions and get few benefits.
Do you believe you deserve to be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace? Do you think you should have a voice about the decisions that impact your job, pay, and benefits? Do you want to make a positive impact in your community? If you answered "yes" to any or all of these questions, then you should keep reading.
The right to unionize your workplace isn't just protected by the National Labor Relations Act -- it's protected by the U.S. Constitution.