Right to Organize

You Have The Right—To ORGANIZE A Union!

It is unlawful for an employer to interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees seeking to organize a union. (Section 7 of the NLRA)


What the employer cannot do:

  • They cannot tell employees that management will fire or punish employees if they engage in union activity.
  • They cannot lay-off or discharge any employee for union activity.
  •  They cannot bar employees from signing union petitions during non-working hours.
  • They cannot bar employees from discussing the union during working hours (in non-patient areas) provided it does not interfere with patient care.
  • They cannot ask employees about confidential union matters, meetings, etc.
  • They cannot ask employees about the union representatives.
  • They cannot ask employees how they intend to vote.
  • They cannot ask employees whether or not they belong to a union or have signed a petition for a union.
  • They cannot, by the nature of the work assignment, create conditions intended to get rid of an employee because of his/her union activity.
  • They cannot threaten employees or coerce them in any way in an attempt to influence their vote.
  • They cannot tell employees that existing benefits will be discontinued if the facility is unionized.
  • They cannot say unionization will force management to lay-off staff.
  • They cannot say unionization will take away benefits and privileges presently in effect.
  • They cannot promise employees promotions, raises or other benefits if they get out of the union or refrain from joining it.


Any of the above acts constitutes a violation of the National Labor Relations Act. You can protect your right to organize.