Guidelines

Can professional employees join unions?

Can professional employees join unions?

Working professionals have the right to join together with their colleagues to form unions and negotiate with their employers on important workplace issues.

Can my employer punish me for joining a union?

No. Every worker has a right, by law, to choose whether or not to belong to a trade union or to participate in lawful union activities. Action by the employer aimed at preventing a worker from exercising this right, whether at the recruitment stage, during employment or by termination of employment, is unlawful.

Why can’t supervisors join unions?

Managers and supervisors are also not protected by the NLRA, and cannot join unions or be part of the bargaining unit. These employees are considered to be part of a company’s management rather than its labor force. The decision is widely expected to exclude more employees from union membership.

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Do I have to tell my employer I am in a union?

Employers are not entitled to know whether you are in a union. If you think you have been turned down for a job, dismissed or overlooked for promotion, because of your union membership or activity you should take further advice as this is a form of discrimination which is unlawful.

Can you quit a union?

NLRB, 473 U.S. 95 (1985), the United States Supreme Court held that union members have the right to resign their union membership at any time. Of course, the decision to resign is wholly yours. You can resign by simply sending your union a written letter stating that you are resigning effective immediately.

How do you discipline a union employee?

An employer opreating in a unionized workplace must also remember that it:

  1. Must provide the union with information relevant to the discipline of a union employee;
  2. Must allow a union employee to have a union representative present during a meeting which the employee believes he or she may be disciplined;
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Can you be a manager and in a union?

Managers and supervisors are also not protected by the NLRA, and cannot join unions or be part of the bargaining unit. These employees are considered to be part of a company’s management rather than its labor force.

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