Rights of Nonunion Employees
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What is a Nonunion Employee?
A nonunion employee is an employee who is not a member of a labor union. Most labor laws deal with union rights and related topics. However, nonunion employees make up a majority of U.S. workers.
How Can Nonunion Employees Bargain with Their Employers?
Unlike unionized workers, nonunion workers do not have a union as a bargaining representative. Nonunion employees cannot go on strike because only unions may call strikes. Nonunion workers do have similar rights to unionized workers, but they need to be addressed in a different manner. Examples include:
- Concerted Activity - The NLRB allows nonunion employees to engage in concerted activity. A concerted action occurs when employees get together to demand a benefit from the employer. As long as a demand is for the benefit of all employees, it is a concerted activity. An employer cannot fire employees for engaging in a concerted activity if the demand is reasonable.
- Employee Committees - Such committees are common in nonunion companies and are similar to human resource departments. An employee committee usually consists of management and employee representatives that meet regularly to serve the interests of the employees.
What Types of Demands Do Nonunion Employees Typically Make?
All employees generally want the same benefits and conditions. Nonunion employees are no different. Typical demands include:
- Clean and safe work environments
- Better wages, hours, or conditions of employment
- Health / Medicare benefits
- Fair procedures for promotions, terminations, and discipline
How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
Nonunion employees do not have as much bargaining power with employers as union employees. However, nonunion employees do have rights. If you are a nonunion employee who believes that your company is treating you unfairly, consult a labor law attorney to learn more about your rights and defenses.
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Last Modified: 08-05-2014 02:48 PM PDT
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