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 and are entitled to similar workplace protection as their unionized counterparts.

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:

Can Nonunion Employees Organize a Union?

Nonunion employees also have the right to try to form a union. An employer may not retaliate or discriminate against nonunion employees who attempt to organize or support a workplace union. If nonunion employees are voting on whether or not to unionize, an employer may not use threats or coercive action to influence the election process. Finally, an employer is prohibited from punishing workplace discussion about forming a union.

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:

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: 06-04-2017 11:28 PM PDT

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