How to Form a Labor Union

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What Is a Labor Union?

A labor union is a collection of employees who organize to equalize the bargaining power between management and the employees. A labor union gives employees a collective voice and employers are more likely to listen to their grievances.    

How Is a Labor Union Formed?

A labor union can be formed in two ways:  employees can either choose an existing union through an election or create their own. Creating a new union is very difficult; most of the time employees unionize by holding labor union elections. Either way, a union must be certified by the NLRB (a federal agency). The process is as follows:

How Are Labor Union Elections Held?

The NLRB presides over a union election. NLRB employees make sure the election is fair and all voters are eligible. The NLRB then counts the votes and certifies the winning union as the bargaining representative of the voting employees.   

How Can a Lawyer Help Me? 

Forming a union can be very difficult. Consulting a labor law attorney can help you understand what needs to be done to form a union. A labor lawyer also can help you negotiate with your employer.

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Last Modified: 06-01-2015 12:50 PM PDT

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